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April 25th

World CPR Day Training Challenge Set for EMS Week

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO--More than 350,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest annually. Of those treated by EMS, only one in 10 survive. When a bystander performs CPR until EMS arrives, the odds of the victim surviving can triple.

To raise awareness and increase bystander CPR, American Medical Response (AMR), the nation’s largest provider of emergency medical services and medical transportation, today announced it is collaborating with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for one of the largest bystander CPR trainings in history. During National EMS Week, May 21-27, the organizations will team up for the fifth annual World CPR Challenge with the goal of training one million people.

Calling All Pennsylvania Survivors and Rescuers

The Second Annual Cardiac Arrest Survivor Celebration hosted by Pennsylvania Heart Rescue, in collaboration with Penn Medicine and the PA Department of Health, is scheduled for May 20 in Lancaster, PA. Survivors, family members, and EMS providers are invited to participate.

April 24th

University of Louisville Researchers Find Readiness of Public Access AEDs Alarmingly Low

LOUISVILLE, KY -- No national standards exist for the maintenance of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and their registration with manufacturers, making these practices voluntary and highly variable. What the public may not realize is that when AEDs are not registered, there is a greater chance that they will fail when needed.

April 19th

Rochester Researchers Lead First Worldwide Trial to Test Defibrillators in Diabetes Patients

Individuals with diabetes have a high incidence of heart problems, including sudden cardiac death. A study led by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) will determine if a subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator (S-ICD) increases survival in this growing group of patients.

April 17th

American Airlines Employee Saves Two Lives in One Day

CHARLOTTE, NC--Most people go through life never facing the challenge of saving a life. On Tuesday, an American Airlines employee got the airline’s Real American Hero Award for saving not just one, but two lives in separate incidents, on the same night at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Christofer Hatcu, a former volunteer firefighter, says he is no hero. “I just helped someone who really needed help,” he said.

April 12th

Marathons Can Post Risks for Non-Runners

Having a cardiac emergency near a major race makes for grim survival odds

People who suffer heart attacks or cardiac arrests in the vicinity of an ongoing major marathon are more likely to die within a month due to delays in transportation to nearby hospitals, according to newly published research from Harvard Medical School.

The delays, the researchers say, likely stem from widespread street closures during major races that can hamper transportation in an emergency.

April 10th

Craig Aman Legacy Fund Created to Help Volunteer Firefighters Attend Resuscitation Academy

Emergency medical services and the resuscitation community have lost a friend and a champion in Seattle Fire Captain Craig Aman.

Craig joined the Faculty of the Resuscitation Academy to share his passion, professionalism and keen intellect. He was a driving force behind High Performance CPR training. Craig’s challenge to all of us was always: “How can we do better?”

April 4th

Minority Populations More Likely to Be Hesitant to Perform CPR

DALLAS, TX-- New survey findings from the American Heart Association (AHA) show that minority populations are more likely to incorrectly believe that special training and certification are required to perform Hands-Only CPR on a person and more likely to be hesitant to perform the skill for fear of causing injury. These misperceptions contribute to poor survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, which affects more than 350,000 Americans annually with survival rates of less than 12 percent.

April 3rd

Many Americans Afraid to Perform CPR

Only half of Americans can be counted on to perform CPR in an emergency, a new survey finds.

Even more – 61 percent – worry they could unintentionally injure the victim. It’s a concern highest among minorities: 70 percent of African-Americans, 67 percent of Asians and 64 percent of Hispanics think they could injure the person, compared with 59 percent of Caucasians. Hispanics are also more likely than Caucasians to believe special training and certification are required to perform Hands-Only CPR.

Mission & Vision

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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