Archive - 2017 - SCA Article

Archive - 2017 - SCA Article

August 22nd

Calling All Survivors!

The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update conference, presented by the Citizen CPR Foundation, is scheduled for December 5-8 in New Orleans, LA. Survivors are invited to share their stories, honor their rescuers, attend sessions addressing post survival quality of life, and discuss ways to pay it forward. Survivors are also invited to join 1,000 survivors and conference participants at the CPR Saves Lives March to bring attention to the hundreds of thousands of individuals who could survive if CPR and treatment with defibrillators were more readily available.

Registration is discounted for survivors. For more information, see attached brochure or contact info [at] sca-aware [dot] org (subject: ECCU) .

August 21st

The Century Old Heart Test That May Predict Sudden Cardiac Death

NBC recently reported on research led by Sumeet Chugh, MD, at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute on a new risk assessment tool that brings physicians closer to predicting who is most likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, a condition that is fatal in more than 90 percent of patients.. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation worked with NBC on the story. A preview follows.

It was a typical day for 43-year-old traveling nurse, Lynn Howard. She was visiting a patient at their home when she suddenly felt dizzy and lost consciousness. The Buffalo native woke up a few days later in a hospital bed with a breathing tube.

August 14th

New Requirements for American Heart Association Adult CPR Courses

Real-time feedback devices improve quality and provide consistency in CPR training

DALLAS, TX--The American Heart Association – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease – will now require the use of an instrumented directive feedback device in all courses that teach adult CPR skills, effective January 31, 2019. The devices provide, real-time, audiovisual and corrective evaluation and instruction on chest compression rate, depth, chest recoil and proper hand placement during CPR training.

The Association’s evidence-based 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC highlights the emerging benefits of feedback devices. Studies reveal that this technology, which can be integrated into or serve as an accessory to a manikin, helps students master these critical CPR skills and reduces the time between training and demonstration of competence in a training environment.

August 13th

Cardiac Screening: Training and Experience Matter

Improving athlete ECG screening, interpretation, and reproducibility: an editorial by Jordan Prutkin, MD, and Jonathan Drezner, MD, of the University of Washington

Interpreting ECGs in Young Athletes Hard for Even the Most Experienced Doctors

A new European study on electrocardiogram screenings in young athletes found the results of such tests are extremely difficult to interpret, even among highly experienced doctors.

The study, published Monday in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, tackles a key component of a subject that has generated headlines around the world in recent years. The issue is whether an ECG test, which measures electrical activity of the heart, can help prevent sudden cardiac deaths among young athletes.

August 9th

Closing the Cardiac Arrest Survival Gap

University of Iowa study examines racial differences in survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrest—when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating—is fairly common among hospitalized patients, affecting approximately 200,000 patients in the U.S. each year.

Historically, the likelihood of surviving an in-hospital cardiac arrest was low—roughly one in eight patients would live long enough to be discharged. Among black patients, the survival rate was even lower than that of white patients, according to previous research.

August 7th

My Kid Is In There, MRIs of Locked-in Children Confirm

Structural and functional MRI in children resuscitated after drowning pinpoints the site of anoxic brain injury to regions controlling movement, while providing strong evidence that networks controlling perception and cognition remain largely intact. In the not-too-distant future, it should be possible to target the area of injury with neuroprotective therapies — now being tested in animal models — when childhood drowning victims first arrive at the emergency room.

August 3rd

One in Four ICD Patients Need Reintervention Within Five Years

New registry data underscore the need for risk/benefit conversations with patients at the time of implantation, experts say.

After five years, approximately one in four patients treated with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) will require reoperation, a new study shows. And while the reoperation rate varies according to the device type and the age of the patient, the registry results suggest that complication and reintervention rates are higher than physicians and patients realize.

July 26th

Longer Cooling Does Not Harm and May Even Help Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Patients

Eight out of 355 cardiac arrest patients who do not immediately wake up after hospitalization have benefited from being cooled down to a temperature of 33°C for as long as 48 hours. However, this does not provide researchers from Aarhus University and elsewhere with evidence to conclude that 48-hour cooling is preferable to the typical 24 hours when it comes to preventing brain damage. The level of uncertainty is too high and the difference too small to reach this conclusion.

July 24th

Three U.S. Airports to Unveil American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosks

Interactive machine teaches lifesaving skill to travelers in five minutes

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