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Skeptical California Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in the Target Case

The long court battle in the case of Verdugo v. Target is nearing its end. The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on May 6, 2014 and a decision is expected by August. I listened to the audio recording of the proceedings and, to my ear, the justices took a skeptical view of the Verdugos’ position that commercial property owners in California must have automated external defibrillators (AEDs). While, as a general rule, one cannot reliably predict the outcome of an appeal from the oral arguments, the justices’ questions and interactions with the lawyers strongly suggest the court will rule in Target’s favor by finding there is no common law duty requiring California businesses to have AEDs.


By Richard A. Lazar

Third Time's a Charm

Jeff DorohThe Boston Marathon was Jeff Doroh's third marathon. Doroh, of Milford, NH, didn't finish the first two, due to medical issues, but he finished Boston on April 21, running to support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and help raise awareness about the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Thank you, Jeff, and congratulations!
To read more about Jeff's story and support Jeff's efforts, click here.

Recent School Saves Highlight Importance of Emergency Response Plans

Recent school saves highlight the importance of medical emergency response plans that include CPR and use of automated external defibrillators and demonstrate that these common sense preparations are not just about saving students.

Here is a sampling of saves reported in the past month:

CPR on the Big Screen

From Nov. 22, 2013, to Jan. 10, 2014, many Minnesota moviegoers watched something much more useful than product advertising as they waited for movies to start. A public service announcement produced by the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium (MRC), a program of the University of Minnesota, aired on the big screen in 14 movie theaters statewide as well as on television screens in theater lobbies. The message: Anyone can help save the life of an adult in sudden cardiac arrest.

“We chose theaters to provide a broad coverage of Minnesota,” explained MRC Program Manager Kim Harkins. “Between the 14 theaters, it was projected to have approximately half a million views.”

Lawsuit Claims Two Non-Working Health Club AEDs Led to Member’s Sudden Cardiac Death

A lawsuit filed recently in Syracuse, New York, claims that two non-working AEDs placed in a health club led to a member’s sudden cardiac death.  The incident happened on May 13, 2013 when the member, attorney Ronald Pelligra, experienced sudden cardiac arrest while working out at the Aspen Athletic Club. According to court papers (called a “complaint” in legal jargon) filed on behalf of Mr. Pelligra’s widow, the club had two AEDs but neither worked when employees retrieved and tried to use them. One AED apparently had no battery and the other had a dead battery.  As a result, according to the lawsuit, Mr. Pelligra died.

Thank You, Jeff Doroh, for Raising Awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest at the Boston Marathon!

Jeff Doroh, 32, of Milford, New Hampshire, is passionate about running--and raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest. On April 21, he will run in the Boston Marathon in support of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. See his story below.

To support Jeff's "Run with Heart" fundraiser, click here.

Jeff's Story

Jeff DorohAs some of you may or may not know Boston will be my third marathon. But I didn’t finish both of the previous two. I’m sure most of you can tell that I love running, I have a huge passion for it and some would say a little obsessed. But all that almost came to an end during mile 25 of the Chicago Marathon in 2011.

The Target Case Attracts a Crowd: Update on an Important AED Case

In the case of Verdugo v. Target, the California Supreme Court is considering whether there is a common law duty requiring commercial property owners in the state to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available for use in situations involving sudden cardiac arrest. A number of outside parties on both sides of the question have now filed additional briefs setting the stage for some very interesting oral arguments (not yet scheduled) before the Supreme Court. This is one of the most important AED cases to come along and has the potential to profoundly affect public access defibrillation in the U.S.

Taking Life Into Your Own Hands

Millions of people have been trained in CPR in recent decades, yet when people who aren’t in hospitals collapse from a sudden cardiac arrest, relatively few bystanders attempt resuscitation. Only one-fourth to one-third of those who might be helped by CPR receive it before paramedics arrive.

With so many people trained, why isn’t bystander CPR done more often?

For one thing, people forget what to do: the panic that may ensue is not conducive to accurate recall. Even those with medical training often can’t remember the steps just a few months after learning them. Rather than make a mistake, some bystanders simply do nothing beyond calling 911, even though emergency dispatchers often tell callers how to perform CPR.

Then there is the yuck factor: performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a stranger. So pervasive is the feeling of reluctance that researchers decided to study whether rescue breathing is really necessary.

Putting the FDA's Recent Safety Communication in Context

Philips HeartStart FRx, Home, and OnSite AEDs are safe and effective, and owners should not hesitate to retrieve and use these life-saving devices in cardiac arrest emergencies. That’s the lead. Yet, you wouldn’t know that from all the frightening media headlines generated in response to the recent FDA safety communication regarding these AEDs. Nor from the plaintiff’s lawyers who are already soliciting cases involving these devices (imagine what they would say if one of these AEDs wasn’t used to try to save an SCA victim).

Today is #Giving Tuesday

Giving TuesdayBlack Friday and Cyber Monday have passed. Today is a day to give back.

It's Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving that celebrates the spirit of generosity. 

With your support, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, an official 2013 Giving Tuesday partner, named a 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits, can continue to conduct vital programs designed to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and help save lives.

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