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AED Investment for Small Company Pays Off

August 6, 2008¬–TOLEDO–Three years ago, Thermadyn, a company with 30 employees in Sylvania, Ohio, invested in an automated external defibrillator (AED). The investment paid off two months ago, when Wayne Martin, CFO, used it to save the life of Roy Rosler, a 72-year-old shipping supervisor.

Rosler later said he had no idea that he had any heart trouble--until he dropped dead. The fact that he’s still here, Rosler said, is nothing short of a miracle. He thought it was peculiar there was an AED at the office. Little did he know this small medical device kept in the office kitchen would save his life.

“It took one shock,” said Martin, “and he was breathing again, and actually he started talking.

When Rosler collapsed, co-workers gathered around to make him more comfortable. Then, Martin hooked him up to the defibrillator and followed the machine’s audible instructions.

Without CPR, They Die - (Part 2 of our Hands-Only CPR Series)

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) involves mimicking two important organs, both of which are required to sustain life. The answer lies in the very term cardiopulmonary. Cardio is derived from the Greek kardia meaning heart or hollow vessel, and pulmonary from the Latin pulmonarius (of the lungs).

Thus CPR quite literally means resuscitation through circulation and breathing. Not just compressions, but ventilations as well. I’m sure you already know how important “pumping and blowing” is— it would be hard not to with all the time and effort spent on training during the last 40 years or so. But the solution to resuscitation is not quite that simple.

Introducing the SCA Foundation Chairman

Bobby V. Khan, MD, PhD, has been elected the new chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors, taking the reins from Paul Pendergast, of Hartford, CT, who served as chairman in 2007, and Michael Sayre, MD, of Columbus, OH, who served as founding chairman in 2006.

Born and raised in Nashville TN, Dr. Khan is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine and Director of the Coronary Care Unit and Cardiovascular Research at the Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

SCA Foundation Announces National SCA Awareness Campaign for Schools

The SCA Foundation announced the You Can Save a LifeTM National SCA Awareness Campaign for Schools and hosted a meeting with program partners during the Emergency Cardiac Care Update (ECCU) in June. The immediate goals of the campaign are to raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and motivate stakeholders to establish screening programs and CPR-AED training and response programs in schools. The long-term goal is to help create a new generation of students who will be ready, willing and able to help whenever and wherever SCA occurs.

Tim Russert's Enduring Legacy...

When a high profile figure does something unusual, we all seem to hear about it. When they leave us we wonder why, and start to question our own vulnerabilities. On June 13, 2008, a not so unusual event occurred at the NBC studios in Washington DC. You may be surprised to learn that the same event occurs hundreds of time per day, and yet it seems sudden and shocking. It is called a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and kills more people in this country than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

There is a definite, tangible benefit to the media attention this tragic loss has occasioned. It is the awareness of sudden cardiac arrest. The more the media relays the story of Tim Russert’s collapse, the more the public becomes aware. SCA has been the nations’ number one, “silent, serial killer” for too long already.

Kelsey Grammer Survives SCA

July 24, 2008­–LOS ANGELES­–Television star Kelsey Grammer, best known from “Cheers” and his sitcom “Frasier,” nearly died after suffering sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) last month, he told U.S. showbiz news program “Entertainment Tonight.”

Grammer, 53, felt chest pains while paddle-boarding with his wife in Hawaii, where they have a second home, and was taken to hospital, where he was found to have suffered a heart attack that led to cardiac arrest.

SCA Survivors Can Expect Good Long-term Quality of Life

July 17, 2008–MARBURG, Germany-- Resuscitated cardiac arrest patients treated in an ICU who leave the hospital without severe neurological disabilities may expect a reasonable quality of life over the next five years, a German study found.

"We believe our study is the first to demonstrate that patients who leave the hospital following cardiac arrest without severe neurological disabilities may expect fair long-term survival and quality of life for reasonable expenses to the healthcare system," Dr. Graf's team concluded.

SCA Patient Survival Rates Double By Using ELS

July 11, 2008­–When combined with the conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), extracorporeal life support (ELS) can double the survival of adult hospital patients in comparison with CPR alone. These results were released on July 7, 2008 in The Lancet.

Tim Russert's Gift: A National Discourse on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

June 26, 2008­–PITTSBURGH, PA–Reports indicate that NBC journalist Tim Russert died from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) resulting from a heart attack. Russert’s sudden death may help save other lives by raising awareness about the critical importance of calling 911, giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) immediately when SCA strikes.

“Perhaps Tim’s final gift to the nation was to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and the simple actions anyone can take to save a life,” said Bobby V. Khan, MD, PhD, Board Chairman of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and Assistant Professor of Medicine/Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

ECCU: Improving the Odds of Survival

About 1200 national and international CPR instructors, EMS providers and community champions attended the Emergency Cardiac Care Update (ECCU) in Las Vegas June 13-15th. We are thrilled to be hosting ECCU in Las Vegas, highlighting the latest science and education in CPR and AED use in a community that has led the nation in this approach, said Tom Aufderheide, MD, President of the Citizen CPR Foundation, which conducts the conference every two years. The survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in Las Vegas casinos is among the highest in the nation, thanks to prompt use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by security guards.

The conference opened with a welcome from Honorable Oscar Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, followed by a keynote address by Mickey Eisenberg, MD, PhD, and Tom Rea, MD, MPH, of Seattle/King County: Improving the Odds of Cardiac Arrest Survival—Formula for Success.

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