Archive - 2017 - SCA Article

Archive - 2017 - SCA Article

July 22nd

A Public Announcement on the National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative

National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative to hold Town Hall meeting at ECCU in December

Interested individuals and stakeholders representing many organizations gathered at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD, on May 11th to kick off the National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative (NCAC). This forum is intended to foster communication and coordinate action among the various organizations that are working to improve survival and recovery after sudden cardiac arrest.

July 20th

IAFC, PulsePoint Foundation Announce Global Strategic Partnership to Increase Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

Collaboration aims to increase awareness and use of PulsePoint and expand the role of fire and emergency services in emerging digital trends

July 16th

Bystander Use of AEDs Could Double the Number of Survivors

A new study indicates that bystander use of AEDs has the potential to save more lives than first responder use of defibrillators, indicating that timing is everything.


COPENHAGEN, DENMARK--A new systematic review suggests that early defibrillation by lay-bystanders may roughly double the number of survivors after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) vs. emergency first responders.[1]

After examining data from 41 observational studies, Danish investigators found a median survival to hospital discharge of 53% when lay-bystanders deliver defibrillation and 28.6% when delivered by professional first responders including police and firefighters.

To Save Drowning Victims, A Push To Get Everyone On The Same Page

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide die every year from drowning. Yet efforts to figure out the best way to save them have been hindered by inconsistencies and confusion about how to report the details of these tragic occurrences and their eventual outcomes.

Those much-needed instructions were provided Monday by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, a global coalition of health organizations that includes the American Heart Association, the European Resuscitation Council and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, among others.

July 13th

It Really Helps to Be Around People Who Know About CPR and How to Use a Defibrillator

If Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) strikes, there are worse places for it to happen than the environment in which Gary Schiller, MD, found himself on December 6, 2015.

Gary was attending the national meeting of The American Society of Hematologists in Orlando, Florida, when, during a 5K race, he experienced “chest pains, loss of power and breathing problems.”  The last thing he remembers before losing consciousness is being asked by a colleague if he was able to get up. When there was no response to that question, his fellow medical professionals went to work administering CPR while another colleague retrieved an automated external defibrillator from the conference center and revived the 56-year-old, trim, athletic Schiller.

July 11th

Government Funds Dwindle for Cardiac Arrest Research

Study Highlights

July 5th

Stanford Computer Scientists Develop an Algorithm that Diagnoses Heart Arrhythmias with Cardiologist-level Accuracy

A new deep learning algorithm can diagnose 14 types of heart rhythm defects, called arrhythmias, better than cardiologists. This could speed diagnosis and improve treatment for people in rural locations.

July 4th

Has Effective Medical Therapy Made the Benefit of ICDs Uncertain?

Medication, including beta-blockers, may be so effective in reducing the risk of sudden death in heart failure that the overall benefit of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) may be uncertain.‌

New research led by the University of Glasgow and published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, has analyzed individual patient data from clinical trials conducted between 1995 and 2014. The study concluded that the risk of sudden death has decreased so much, as a result of the cumulative use of a number of effective medications, that the net benefit of ICDs may no longer be clear cut in many patients.

June 27th

Health Insurance Expansion Linked to Fewer Cardiac Arrests in Middle-Aged Adults

 Study Highlights
  • The incidence of cardiac arrest significantly decreased among middle-aged adults who acquired health insurance after the Affordable Care Act expanded coverage.
  • Among older adults with constant health insurance coverage, the incidence of cardiac arrest remained the same.
  • These preliminary findings highlight the importance of preventive medical care but do not definitively prove that health insurance expansion prevents cardiac arrest, researchers noted.

DALLAS, TX--A sudden catastrophic loss of heart function, or cardiac arrest, occurred significantly less among adults who acquired health insurance via the

June 25th

Emergency Cardiac Care Leaders Take First Steps Toward Creation of a National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative

The inaugural meeting of the National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative took place on May 11th at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting was a follow up to a workshop conducted in Washington, D.C.

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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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