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FAA to Install Defibrillators in Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced it will install automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all agency facilities with 50 or more employees during the next year. “Our focus on aviation safety includes the safety and well-being of our own employees. The unexpected and sudden moments in which… Read More

Bystander Intervention Can Mean the Difference Between Life and Death

September 24, 2008--An analysis of emergency medical services-treated cardiac arrest outcomes in 10 areas in North America finds a five-fold difference in survival rates, according to a study in the Sept. 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Arthur B. Sanders and Dr. Karl B. Kern of The… Read More

Saving Lives More Efficiently: Cardiac Arrest Study May Help EMS Crews and ERs

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When someone's heart suddenly stops beating -- a condition called cardiac arrest -- there's a lot that bystanders and ambulance crews can do to get it startedagain. But if the victim doesn't respond, when should such efforts stop? And when should emergency crews rapidly transport a patient to a… Read More

Resolution to Name October SCA Awareness Month Passes in Senate

A concurrent resolution supporting the goals and ideals of “National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month,” S. Con. Res. 93: A concurrent resolution expresses support for the goals and ideals of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, first introduced on July 15, 2008, was passed in the Senate today. Sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan [D-ND]… Read More

New Research: Americans Underestimate Dangers of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

WASHINGTON, DC — Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims more lives each year than breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS, yet according to a new Heart Rhythm Society survey, four out of five Americans vastly underestimate the severity of this serious public health issue that causes more than 250,000 deaths each year. In response to these startling… Read More

ACTION ALERT: Please Urge Your Legislators to Designate October as SCA Awareness Month

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, along with other members of the SCA Coalition, urges you to help raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) by contacting your Legislators and asking them to co-sponsor House Concurrent Resolution 393 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 93  supporting the establishment of October as yearly “National Sudden… Read More

AED Recall

Physio Control, Inc., has issued a recall of LifePak CR Plus Automated External Defibrillators (AED), used by emergency or medical personnel to treat adults in cardiopulmonary arrest. The product was recalled because the AED instructs the responder by voice prompts to press the shock button which is not visible because it is covered, thereby… Read More

He's No April Fool

Bradford Summers, Orlando, FL – 49 at time of event (2008) Brad Summers is a highly trained emergency flight nurse. It is not uncommon for him to emergently transport cardiac and trauma patients to hospitals designed to provide the highest level of care. He knows all about cardiac emergencies (Code Stemi’s), and knows the telltale… Read More

Serendipity or God's Grace?

Kevin McCullen, Richland, WA – 52 at time of event (2008)  - now DECEASED A nuclear hazard, a pet sitter and an anonymous bystander all conspired to save Kevin. Without the nearby Hanford Nuclear reservation, Brad Jackson, a hazardous materials training instructor, would not have been driving by. We don’t know anything about the… Read More

This Picture Man Was No Sight To See.

Bob Palmer, Portland, OR – 65 at time of event (2008) Bob had returned from a three-day conference on the Oregon Coast, enjoying the sunsets and luxurious accommodations. He had completed his usual daily walk around Mt Tabor, an extinct volcano, with his camera, and was eagerly downloading the pictures into Photoshop on his computer when he fell… Read More