Archive - 2017 - SCA Article

Archive - 2017 - SCA Article

October 2nd

The One Brave Idea™ Science Innovation Center Opens in Boston

Center will host renowned investigators working on “early warning system” to prevent coronary heart disease and its consequences

October 1st

Learn CPR and How to Use an AED During Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges the public to learn CPR and how to use an AED.

PITTSBURGH, PA--America is facing a public health crisis. More than 350,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside hospitals each year in the U.S., including 7,000 children. Unfortunately, 90 percent of cases are fatal. According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

September 24th

Patients Undergoing Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Do Not Benefit from ACLS During Transport

No association found between advanced cardiac life support during transport and an increased survival for patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

DES PLAINES, IL--There is no association between prehospital advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and survival to hospital discharge in patients suffering from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). ACLS is, however, associated with an improvement in prehospital return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), but with longer delays to hospital arrival. These are the primary findings of a study published in Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) a journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).

People Are Reluctant to Use Public Defibrillators to Treat Cardiac Arrests

A new study suggests members of the public don’t know what defibrillators are, how to use them, or where to find them. It also suggests organizations don’t feel they should have one or feel unable to obtain one.

COVENTRY, UK--A study led by the University of Warwick suggests that people are reluctant to use public access defibrillators to treat cardiac arrests.

The analysis of existing international studies, which has been published in the European Heart Journal – Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes, suggests that there are a number of factors that prevent members of the public from using them and potentially saving lives.

September 21st

Seven Lifeguards, Including a Future EMT, Unite to Save a Life

Politics may make strange bedfellows, as the saying goes, but they have nothing on the diverse pairings sometimes seen when cardiac arrest occurs.

On June 27, 2015, 40-year-old seasoned professional, James Ross (J.R.) Bourne, was “kicking around” a soccer ball with his friend, Luis Sanchez, on Jacksonville Beach, Fla. when he suddenly collapsed in the sand.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and Citizen CPR Foundation Launch Video Contest to Raise Awareness About the Simple Things Anyone Can Do to Save a Life

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation are jointly conducting a video contest to raise awareness about the importance of bystander CPR and use of automated external defibrillators to help victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Video contest entries are due October 23, 2017.

September 19th

One E-Cigarette May Lead to Adrenaline Changes in Nonsmokers’ Hearts, Which Can Contribute to Cardiac Risk

Study Highlights:

Defibrillation: A Shocking Update

An important review of the literature on defibrillation for ventricular fibrillation has just been published in the September 19th issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Graham Nichol, MD, MPH, and colleagues at the University of Washington summarize the state-of-the-art related to defibrillation in treating sudden cardiac arrest. Topics include a brief history of the evolution of defibrillation, technical characteristics of modern automated external defibrillators (AEDs), strategies to improve AED access and increase survival, ancillary treatments, and use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and wearable cardioverter defibrillators (WCDs).

September 18th

Death and Cardiac Arrest in U.S. Triathlon Participants, 1985-2016: A Case Series

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® study reviewed triathlon participants from the past 30 years to define the risk of death and cardiac arrest among triathletes and factors associated with these outcomes. 

September 14th

Mayo Clinic Introduces First-Aid Skills for Amazon Alexa

ROCHESTER, MN--Mayo Clinic has introduced a new skill for Amazon Alexa, giving a hands-free way to access first-aid information. A skill is a new capability a person can add to their Amazon Alexa-enabled devices which creates a more personalized user experience.

Once enabled by the user, the new Mayo Clinic First-Aid skill for Amazon Alexa can provide voice-driven, self-care instructions for dozens of everyday mishaps and other situations while it offers quick answers from the most trusted sources in health care. Simply saying, “Alexa, open Mayo First-Aid” will enable a user to access common topics related to first aid and have health guidance delivered through Alexa-enabled devices, such as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and more.

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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