Archive - Jun 2015 - SCA Article

Archive - Jun 2015 - SCA Article

June 29th

New Recommendations in Cardiac Arrest Protocol Advocate for Increased CPR and AED Training to Improve U.S. Survival Rates

American Red Cross Convenes National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative to Design New Accreditation Standards and Establish Common Goals

WASHINGTON, DC-- A new report released today from the Institute of Medicine calls for a campaign to promote public education and training opportunities to reduce barriers to the provision of bystander CPR and defibrillation. 

Annual rates of CPR and AED use by bystanders remain less than three percent in the United States even though evidence indicates that its use significantly improves cardiac arrest survival. The American Red Cross strongly supports the IOM’s recommendation to encourage training through employers, local public health departments, schools and community organizations. The Red Cross also encourages businesses to include cardiac arrest in their formal emergency response plans.

American Heart Association Bolsters Commitment to Improving Cardiac Arrest Survival

DALLAS, TX--A new report is a call to action to improve survival from cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death worldwide, the American Heart Association said today.

The Institute of Medicine report, "Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act (2015)," outlines eight ways to improve survival from cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association (AHA) supports the IOM report, recognizing the opportunity and call to action it creates to meaningfully improve outcomes for cardiac arrest. Continuing its dedication to saving lives, AHA today announced several new commitments that will strengthen a Resuscitation Learning Health System to increase public awareness, improve data collection and drive funding for AHA programs. 

U.S. Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates Around 6 Percent for Those Occurring Outside of a Hospital

New IOM report recommends strategies to improve survival rates

June 25th

Report from Institute of Medicine Committee on Treatment of Cardiac Arrest to be Released June 30 in Washington, D.C.

The public release of what could be a landmark report from the Institute of Medicine Committee on Treatment of Cardiac Arrest will take place on June 30 at 11 a.m. in Washington, D.C. The event will be open to the public. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges survivors and family members affected by sudden cardiac arrest, representatives of nonprofit organizations concerned about cardiac arrest, and industry representatives to participate in person or remotely.

June 24th

Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young: The Molecular Autopsy and a Practical Approach to Surviving Relatives

The sudden death of a young, apparently fit and healthy person is amongst the most challenging scenarios in clinical medicine. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a devastating and tragic outcome of a number of underlying cardiovascular diseases. While coronary artery disease and acute myocardial infarction are the most common causes of SCD in older populations, genetic (inherited) cardiac disorders comprise a substantial proportion of SCD cases aged 40 years and less. This includes the primary arrhythmogenic disorders such as long QT syndromes and inherited cardiomyopathies, namely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In up to 30% of young SCD, no cause of death is identified at postmortem, so-called autopsy-negative or sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS). Management of families following SCD begins with a concerted effort to identify the cause of death in the decedent, based on either premorbid clinical details or the pathological findings at postmortem.

NFPA's Firefighter Fatality Report Shows 64 On-Duty Deaths in 2014-- More Than Half from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

CHICAGO, IL--The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported a total of 64 on-duty firefighter deaths in the U.S. in 2014, making 2014 the third year in the past four years that the total has been below 65 deaths. According to NFPA’s U.S. Firefighter Fatalities report, the number of 2014 fatalities is a significant decrease from the 97 deaths that occurred in 2013, when two incidents combined to claim the lives of 28 firefighters. NFPA released the results during a special session at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago. 

June 23rd

Fewer than 1 in 10 Older Heart Patients Get Life-Saving Defibrillators

DURHAM, NC--Sudden cardiac arrest survivors age 65 and older who have reduced heart function might still benefit from implanted defibrillators, according to a Duke Medicine study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But fewer than 1 in 10 eligible patients actually get a defibrillator within a year of their arrest, the study found. 

Advanced age, transitions in care between the hospital and an outpatient clinic, and a mandatory waiting period to get a defibrillator after sudden cardiac arrest were the most likely factors for low rates of use, according to the study.

Defibrillators shock hearts back to pumping when a patient experiences a potentially fatal sudden cardiac arrest. Prior studies have primarily shown benefits to using these devices in younger patients. 

June 22nd

Current Monitoring of Pacemakers, Defibrillators May Underestimate Device Problems

SF researchers recommend better surveillance to help determine accurate causes of sudden death.

The current monitoring of patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) such as pacemakers and defibrillators may be underestimating device problems, according to UC San Francisco researchers who propose systematic methods to determine accurate causes of sudden death in those with CIEDs as well as improved monitoring for device concerns.

Their study appears online June 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Patients Test Drive Pacemaker Before Choosing Permanent Implant

Patients are test driving a pacemaker outside the skin before deciding whether to have a permanent implant, reveals novel research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE – CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Michael Giudici, MD, director of arrhythmia services in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, U.S.

MILAN, ITALY--Patients are test driving a pacemaker outside the skin before deciding whether to have a permanent implant, reveals novel research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE – CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Michael Giudici, MD, director of arrhythmia services in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, U.S. The joint meeting of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and Cardiostim is held in Milan, Italy. 

Cardiac Device Wearers Should Keep Distance from Smartphones

Patients should hold phone to opposite ear and not store phone in pocket over device. Second study advises limiting exposure to high voltage power lines.

MILAN, ITALY--Cardiac device wearers should keep a safe distance from smartphones to avoid unwanted painful shocks or pauses in function, reveals research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE – CARDIOSTIM 2015 by Carsten Lennerz, MD, first author and cardiology resident in the Clinic for Heart and Circulatory Diseases, German Heart Centre, Munich, Germany.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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