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Hospital Workers Revive Unconscious Airline Passenger

June 10, 2008–SACRAMENTO, CA–Three longtime members of United Healthcare Workers-West saved the life of a 53-year-old passenger on their Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento to Burbank early Tuesday.

The trio was among a group of 35 workers headed to Southern California to attend a contract bargaining session with their employer, Catholic Healthcare West. Erin O'Neil, 39, a respiratory therapist at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Sacramento and David Lei, a registered nurse at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas, said they initially heard noise coming from the back of the airplane, but when someone shouted “Code Blue,” they leapt to their feet. In a hospital, “Code Blue” means someone's heart has stopped.

They ran to the back of the plane where they found a man unconscious in his seat.

National CPR-AED Awareness Week: Congress Encourages Everyone to Learn CPR/AED

May 30, 2008­–WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congress has set aside June 1-7 as the first annual National CPR/AED Awareness Week to spotlight how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. In the declaration, Congress is asking states and municipalities to make AEDs more publicly accessible.

During this week, CPR-AED training organizations across the country will conduct CPR/AED classes and demonstrations, host events, and provide educational information on the importance of CPR and AED training.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims the lives of more than 166,000 people in this country every year. Ninety-four percent of people who suffer SCA die before reaching a hospital. If ordinary people act immediately with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automated external defibrillator (AED), instead of just waiting for help to arrive, many thousands of lives can be saved every year.

Americans Lack Confidence in Lifesaving Skills for Common Cardiac Emergency

May 28, 2008–DALLAS, May 28–Most Americans don’t believe they could perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) to help save a life in a cardiac emergency, according to a recent American Heart Association survey. View full survey results here - View fact sheet here. In an online survey of more than 1,100 adults, 89 percent said they were willing and able to do something to help if they witnessed a medical emergency. Yet only 21 percent were confident they could perform CPR, and only 15 percent believed they could use an AED in an emergency. More than half of those surveyed didn’t recognize an AED in a typical setting.

OHSU Begins Community Study on Victims of Cardiac Arrest

May 19, 2008 ­– Portland OR –

Study will be conducted by paramedics at the scene of a person's collapse

Back from the Dead: What We Can Learn From Survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

First Year Data from the SCA Survivor Registry,™ An Initiative of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

May 15, 2008 – PITTSBURGH – One year ago, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation launched the SCA Survivor Registry™, the nation’s first online registry for people who suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)—and lived to tell about it. Information submitted by 171 registrants offers a glimpse into the small community of rare individuals who beat the odds and survived this national killer.

A review of information about survivors in the registry, released at Heart Rhythm 2008 in San Francisco, shows:

Survivor and Spouse Crusade to Save More Lives in Iowa

May 13, 2008 – HUMESTON, IA ­– Students, staff, and visitors at any school building in Wayne County, Iowa, are now a little more protected from the number-one killer of Americans--sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)---and soon all the citizens of Wayne County in rural south central Iowa will be a little safer.

After Butch Gibbs of Humeston suffered SCA in his home on April 2, 2004, and was saved by his wife, Susie’s immediate start of CPR and the quick arrival of the Humeston First Responders with their automated external defibrillator (AED), the couple began promoting the use of CPR and AEDs. 

There has to be a reason I survived,” said Butch Gibbs, “and I believe that reason is to spread awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of knowing how to do CPR and how to use an AED so that others may have the same chance I did.”

Dentists in Scotland to Get AEDs

May 8, 2008–The prevalence of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) has compelled main street dentists in Scotland to install defibrillators in their offices to speed up aid to patients who suffer from the condition. 

NHS Lothian, which provides healthcare in Edinborough, has been awarded £55,000 to buy 52 defibrillators so that dentists and dental nurses can be trained to use the devices in the event of a cardiac arrest.

“As many dental practices are located centrally in high streets, they have the potential to make a huge difference to someone suffering from cardiac arrest,” said Brenda Cottam, the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) community resuscitation coordinator in Scotland.

The scheme could be extended to all of Scotland after results are assessed, said Public Health Minister Shona Robison.

Sudden Cardiac Death: Who's at Risk

May 6, 2008­–Sudden cardiac death can often be prevented with an implantable defibrillator in people known to be at high danger. These include survivors of a heart attack, people with severe heart failure, and certain rare genetic abnormalities of the heart's electrical system. But defibrillators can't be implanted in everybody who might die suddenly.

Who is most likely to suffer a sudden death? A recent study from Germany has raised serious doubts about the common assumption that sudden death most often strikes unexpectedly and at random in apparently healthy men.

Ridgefield Earns HEARTsafe Award

 May 6, 2008­–RIDGEFIELD, CT–Ridgefield on Monday became the 20th town in the state of Connecticut to receive a HEARTSafe Community award. The award came from the state Department of Public Health, the Office of Emergency Medical Services, and the American Heart Association. It was presented to Fire Chief Heather Burford by Gary St. Amand, the state health department’s Health Program Associate in the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program.

2,000 AEDs Donated in Ontario

May 05, 2008 –BARRIE, Ontario­–The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Restart a Heart, Restart a Life AED Program and the Heart and Stroke Chase McEachern Tribute Fund have reached a significant milestone. The foundation announced Friday 2,000 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have been allocated to municipalities across Ontario.

The original goal was to allocate 1,000 in five years, but the foundation surpassed its goal by 100 per cent in just two years. Rocco Rossi, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, said it showed people are working to make Chase McEachern’s dream a reality.

Today is fantastic, and truly is a testament to the power of dreams to overcome any obstacle, and the power of dreams to overcome even death. In particular, the power of a dream of one special young boy,” he said.

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