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U of M Twin Cities, Helmsley Charitable Trust and health care system partners aim to increase cardiac arrest survival rates

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, MN -- Today, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and health care systems across the Twin Cities, announce the creation of the Minnesota Mobile Resuscitation Consortium (MMRC) and its mobile extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) vehicles. This is a collaborative… Read More

State AED legislation update

The following is a summary of current AED (Automated External Defibrillator) legislation in the United States. Bills seeing movement so far this year Virginia SB 394: This bill, which would require health clubs to have an AED, passed the full senate 34-0 on January 24th. It now goes to the house for consideration. Massachusetts S.1403: This… Read More

Take care of your heart today

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Valentine's Day is a great reminder to prioritize heart health and recognize the signs of an emergency, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).   One of the most common reasons people visit the emergency department, chest pain can take a variety of forms and is not always associated with a heart issue… Read More

How to survive a sudden cardiac arrest: A caregiver’s experience

“The human ego prefers anything, just about anything, to falling, or changing, or dying. The ego is that part of you that loves the status quo – even when it's not working. It attaches to past and present and fears the future.” ― Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life The day before the Labor Day holiday was… Read More

Sudden cardiac arrest survivors need long-term holistic care

Systems not in place to help provide needed care to survivors and caregivers, both lay and professional DALLAS, TX-- More people are surviving sudden cardiac arrest thanks to improved systems of care during and until hospital discharge. However, systems of care after hospital discharge, when many sudden cardiac arrest survivors are known to… Read More

Benefit will honor young cardiac arrest victim

Michael A. Simpson II, 19, collapsed after a collegiate basketball practice on January 1, 2020. His coaches thought he was having a seizure, but he was actually in cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, no one at the scene administered CPR or used an AED—even though one was available in the building. EMS eventually arrived and provided CPR and… Read More

British Heart Foundation partners with Amazon to deliver lifesaving care

The British Heart Foundation has announced it is helping to train drivers who deliver parcels to Amazon customers across the UK in life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) so that they can respond to emergencies when out on the road. They are working in partnership with Amazon and more than 100 independent delivery companies across the UK,… Read More

Latest statistics: 1,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each day in U.S.; only 10% survive

Data reported in the American Heart Association’s Heart & Stroke Statistics - 2020 Update published today show heart disease and stroke deaths continue to decline, but that trend has slowed significantly in recent years. Meanwhile, sudden cardiac arrest continues to be a major public health crisis. There are more than 356,000 out-of-hospital… Read More

Survival rates in London reach all time high

LONDON--The proportion of people surviving a cardiac arrest that happens outside of hospital has reached its highest level of 10.8 per cent – twice the rate it was a decade ago. Figures published today by London Ambulance Service also show that when a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) was used by a bystander and at least one shock was delivered… Read More

Public safety dispatchers recognized as first responders in new legislation

SACRAMENTO, CA--Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined a group of public safety dispatchers from across the state for a press conference to celebrate Assembly Bill 1945 (AB 1945), which would recognize the brave work of public safety dispatchers by classifying them as first responders. Currently, the Federal government describes… Read More