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Unhindered Access to AEDs Is Crucial for Bystander Defibrillation and Survival

Reviewing data from a nationwide AED registry, investigators in Copenhagen have found that “Optimization of automated external defibrillator (AED) placement and accessibility are warranted,” according to a study published in Resuscitation. Researchers identified all OHCAs registered by mobile emergency care units in Copenhagen, Denmark (2008–2016… Read More

Fla. EMS Leaders Publish Study on Head-Up CPR Technique

A study recently published in Critical Care Medicine examines the feasibility and safety of performing “head-up CPR,” a bundled technique that involves mild elevation of the head and torso for patients experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OOHCA). Conducted between Jan. 1, 2014 and June 30, 2017 by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (Fla.) crews… Read More

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Third Leading Cause of Disease-Related Health Loss

Study Highlights: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was the third leading cause of “health loss due to disease” in the United States behind ischemic heart disease and low back/neck pain in 2016. Bystander interventions, such as CPR and AED application, significantly reduce death and disability due to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. DALLAS, TX… Read More

Flirtey and City of Reno Receive FAA Approval for Drone Delivery Beyond Visual Line of Sight

Approval will allow Flirtey to deliver automated external defibrillators Flirtey has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct drone delivery flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), the City of Reno and Flirtey announced today. The new approval enables Flirtey to conduct drone delivery operations with a… Read More

AED Readiness Project Aims to Improve Access to AEDs

Sudden cardiac arrest—when the heart suddenly stops beating—is a public health crisis. About 1,000 cardiac arrests occur outside hospitals every day in the U.S. and only one in 10 victims survives. Most cases (70 percent) occur in the home.[1] Survival largely depends on immediate bystander intervention with CPR and automated external… Read More

Are Thrill-Seekers With Heart Conditions Playing With Danger?

The fastest roller coasters exceed 100 mph. A race car driver can double that speed within seconds. Either activity can exhilarate, but could they also harm the heart? Could someone literally die from the excitement? Probably not, according to one study that surveyed thrill-seekers with serious heart conditions. Despite all the warning notices… Read More

Sudden Cardiac Deaths in Young People

An article on "Sudden Cardiac Deaths in Young People" written by the Children's Health Defense team and republished on this site, has been pulled due to its implications that vaccines may cause cardiac arrest in young people. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation does not support this claim, which is not supported by science. We apologize for any… Read More

50th Person Saved with an AED at Hawaii Airports

Richard Schmidt, 76, was just about to board his flight home to Sacramento after a two-week vacation here last month when his heart suddenly stopped and he collapsed at the jetway at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. That’s when several passengers behind him, including a nurse and off-duty Honolulu firefighter, went into action. Feeling… Read More

On-Screen CPR: Heart-Stopping Drama Doesn't Always Reflect Reality

When we watch movies and TV, we know that people can't actually fly, zombies aren't real and animals can't talk, among other scenarios presented for our entertainment. So when CPR and other heroic measures to revive an unconscious victim pop up on the screen, should we react the same way? "Movies very rarely get it right," said Dr. Howie Mell,… Read More

70,000 Additional Lives Saved: The Potential of Immediate Bystander Action

An annual report from the American Heart Association indicates the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest occurring outside hospitals in the U.S. remains high and survival rates remain low. Bystander intervention—a key determinant of survival—also remains low. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges the public to learn CPR and how to use automated… Read More