An estimated 2,200 people experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in Oregon each year. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Oregon Affiliate, SCAF-Oregon, aims to:
- Form support groups for survivors and family members following OHCA
- Coordinate celebration of life events to honor survivors of OHCA and their rescuers
- Sponsor programs within communities to strengthen the chain of survival, in particular, citizen CPR and public access defibrillation
- Sponsor programs and provide assistance to EMS agencies and hospitals with efforts such the as the Resuscitation Academy
- Work with community leaders to enhance the uptake of efforts such as PulsePoint and PulsePoint VR to improve response to suspected OHCA in public and private locations
- Lobby city and state legislators to develop infrastructure, create policies and pass legislation aimed to improve survival from OHCA.
SCAF-Oregon is led by Katherine Lupton, MS Ed; Joshua Lupton, MD, MPH, MPhil, Clinical Instructor and Research Fellow, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU); and nationally renowned resuscitation researcher Mohamud Daya, MD, MS, Professor of Emergency Medicine, OHSU.
Dr. Lupton is not only a researcher who studies cardiac arrest: He has a personal connection, having survived OHCA while running in a half-marathon when he was a medical student at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote about his experience in an article published in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Read announcement here.
For information, contact SCAFOregon [at] sca-aware.org.