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Capps Introduces Teaching Children to Save Lives Act

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, on Tuesday announced that she has introduced the Teaching Children to Save Lives Act (House Resolution 2308), legislation that would provide critical resources to assist schools with teaching students across the country the lifesaving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use automated external defibrillators (AED).

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, but studies show that victims of SCA have a 34 percent higher chance of survival if they are immediately treated with CPR and the use of an AED. Unfortunately, few people have the knowledge or confidence to perform these basic lifesaving skills in the face of SCA. Training a generation of students with these skills could save lives long into the future.

Medics On the Ball authorized to provide AEDs at Southern California premier events

Medics On The Ball has secured its place as Southern California’s premier event medical standby company thanks to a recent authorization from Los Angeles County to carry and use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at all events.

AEDs are small portable electronic devices used by emergency medical professionals to analyze the heart’s rhythm in case of a potential heart attack. If necessary, these critical machines deliver an electrical shock, known as defibrillation, which helps the heart re-establish an effective rhythm, potentially saving a life.

This authorization by LA County is typically only given to highly experienced public safety personnel, such as firefighters and police officers. Thanks to excessive training and diligent efforts, Medics On The Ball is happy to announce it is now one of the few companies based in Southern California with an authorization to carry these vital devices.

Sudden cardiac arrest emergency bags to be sent worldwide

Sudden cardiac arrest emergency bags to be sent worldwide

The odds of footballers across the world surviving an on-pitch sudden cardiac arrest may be significantly improved with today's announcement of the new FIFA Medical Emergency Bag (FMEB) which will be issued to all of FIFA's 209 member associations.

Presenting the FMEB backpack to the congress delegates, FIFA's Chief Medical Officer Professor Jiri Dvorak, said pitch-side medics and first responders will be trained to use the potentially life-saving technology. The critical element of the FMEB is the automated external defibrillator (AED), easily visible in a clear pocket at the front of the bag. This portable device can immediately diagnose suspected heart problems and defibrillation can be initiated if the heartbeat appears weak, irregular or has stopped altogether. The bag also holds an instructional video and a medical emergency kit.

Madden Bill Aiming To Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death By Expanding Medical Examinations For Children Approved By Committee

TRENTON – In an effort to prevent instances of sudden cardiac death, Senator Fred H. Madden sponsored legislation that would require that all annual physical examinations given to children under the age of 19 include questions evaluating the child’s cardiovascular disease risk, and require health care practitioners who perform these examinations to complete training on cardiac screening. The bill was approved today by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

“While sudden cardiac death is the number one killer among student athletes, we cannot ignore the fact that all children - regardless of whether they participate in sports – could be susceptible to heart conditions that cause sudden death,” said Senator Madden, D-Gloucester and Camden. “This bill is about expanding procedures for all medical examinations, so that every child receives a baseline evaluation about their cardiac health.”

Calfornia Supreme Court could change the face of AED adoption by California retailers

(CN) - The California Supreme Court should provide guidance on demands that all retailers there need defibrillators for customer emergencies, the 9th Circuit said Tuesday. Mary Ann Verdugo experienced sudden cardiac arrest in 2008 while shopping at a Target in Pico Rivera, Calif. It took paramedics several minutes to arrive, and the 49-year-old died at the scene. The tragedy is not uncommon, according to the 9th Circuit, which noted that 300,000 people go into sudden cardiac arrest every year in America. Only 8 percent survive, and those who do generally have their heart restarted by an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) within five minutes. While Target sells AEDs on its website, it does not require their installation in its stores. Verdugo's mother and brother sued the retailer for wrongful death, but Target disputes that it has a duty to install AEDs in its stores.

PulsePoint App, which helps people get lifesaving CPR, is coming to Los Angeles

Smartphones, already used to alert us of such pressing matters as sports scores and new Facebook posts, could soon help save lives in L.A.

The Los Angeles Fire Department will soon begin using an application called PulsePoint, which sends messages to people's cellphones when someone is having a cardiac emergency nearby.

The hope is that people trained in CPR will install the app, see the alerts and be able to start life-saving treatment before paramedics arrive.

Sometimes, after they see an ambulance pull up, bystanders wish they had known someone needed help, said Capt. Tom Gikas, who works in the Fire Department's Planning Section.

"How many people on a given evening in a local restaurant know CPR?" Gikas wondered.

That's exactly the question that led to PulsePoint.

Richard Price, now president of the PulsePoint Foundation, said it started about three years ago, when he was the fire chief in the San Ramon Valley, east of Oakland.

AliveCor competitor gets OTC clearance from FDA

A new ECG device for the iPhone 4s called ECG Check received over-the-counter clearance from the FDA last month. The device, which would be the first product from Park City, Utah-based Cardiac Designs, appears very similar to the AliveCor Heart Monitor, which is currently only cleared for prescription use. The device was submitted to the FDA July 23, 2012, one week before AliveCor’s July 30 submission.

Cardiac Designs is an apparent newcomer whose website has been registered since 2011 to N88 Consulting, a company run by Karim Marrouche. According to the FDA documents, Marrouche is the Managing Director of Cardiac Designs. The company’s website describes the ECG Check as coming soon, and says that it will be available for the iPhone 5 as well as the 4S, although the FDA filing mentions only the 4S. (AliveCor is presently only cleared for the iPhone 4 and 4S.) Marrouche was unable to field an interview before deadline.

Camp Del Corazon 10th Annual Gala del Sol

Camp Del Corazon is holding their 10th Annual Gala del Sol to honor Dr. Dan Levi & Joel McHale.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hosted by Tom Arnold!

6:00pm: Hosted Cocktails & Silent Auction
Featuring music by Uke Box Heroes

8:00pm: Dinner and Program
Featuring music by Munkafust and other special guests

For the upcoming 10th Anniversary of our Gala del Sol, we are moving the event to the world famous Hollywood and Highland in the Ray Dolby Ballroom!

Costa Mesa to honor bystanders who revived man in cardiac arrest


COSTA MESA – Two employees and a member of a 24 Hour Fitness at The Triangle are slated to be honored by city officials for their role in resuscitating a 67-year-old man who'd gone into cardiac arrest at the gym.

Employees Josh Graves and Isaiah Nixon, and Rick Palombo, a regular at the Costa Mesa club, performed CPR for almost three minutes until paramedics came, club employees said.

24 Hour Fitness at The Triangle in Costa Mesa.

Costa Mesa fire Battalion Chief Fred Seguin said the two-minute, 44-second paramedic response time to the emergency call was unusually good – Fire Station 3 is down the street from the Triangle – but regardless of response time, it's critical that bystanders perform CPR on people who go into cardiac arrest.

"The longer you go without oxygenated blood going through you, your chances decrease," he said.

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