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Roman Matlaga Wins SCA Foundation's 2008 People Saving People(TM) Award

Roman Matlaga

Roman Matlaga - Winner of the SCA Foundation’s People Saving People™ Award

June 15, 2008–Las Vegas, NV–Roman Matlaga was recognized on Sunday, June 15—Father’s Day—as the winner of the SCA Foundation’s People Saving People™ Award during the Citizen CPR Foundation’s biennial conference, the Emergency Cardiac Care Update, in Las Vegas.

Roman Matlaga - Winner of the SCA Foundation’s People Saving People™ Award

Mary Newman, Foundation President, presenting award to David Belkin

Mary Newman, Foundation President, presenting award to David Belkin

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Honors Bystander

 Roman Matlaga Receives First Ever ‘People Saving People™ Award’ 

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation presented its inaugural People Saving People™ (PSP) Award on June 15 in Las Vegas. The annual award program honors ‘ordinary’ people with extraordinary heroic spirits, who help save the lives of victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The Foundation proudly recognized Roman Matlaga, of Honesdale, PA, whose actions made the difference between life and death for fellow basketball player David Belkin, of Bethesda, MD, in February 2007. The PSP award was presented during the Citizen CPR Foundation’s biennial conference, Emergency Cardiac Care Update. 

Americans Mourn the Loss of A Great Journalist and Family Man

June 14, 2008­–PITTSBURGH–We at the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation express our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Tim Russert, who died suddenly yesterday afternoon in the NBC studios. Tim could not be resuscitated despite the fact than an intern provided cardiopulmonary resusciation (CPR) and D.C. EMS arrived quickly and treated Russert with a defibrillator.

The tragedy of this profound loss to the Russert family and his extensive network of friends and colleagues in journalism and politics would be all the more tragic if it turns out that NBC did not have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on site--or even worse had one, but somehow neglected to find or use it.

On the other hand, Tim’s death may not have been preventable, given his extensive underlying coronary artery disease.

Hands-Only CPR Gets a Push

We all know that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaver. Some of us also know how to “pump and blow.” So it’s good news that CPR is now easier to perform.

Recently the American Heart Association (AHA) has accepted the findings of several studies that suggest sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims may be better off without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

That’s not to say the victims don’t need CPR. The change comes from the realization that it’s critical to immediately get the blood circulating again—which is what continuous-chest-compression (CCC) does if performed correctly—to have any chance of survival.

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.”

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