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Pittsburgh Sheriff Survives SCA

January 9, 2007– Acting Allegheny County Sheriff William P. Mullen, Jr. survived sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while playing basketball, thanks to the quick actions of retired Pittsburgh police Sgt. Paul McComb and city Detective Paul Dugan, who provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used an automated external defibrillator (AED) on Mullen. He was released from Mercy Hospital one week later.

Mullen commended his rescuers and the crew from City of Pittsburgh Medic and all the doctors, nurses and staff who contributed to his care.

"I don't know how my family and I would have made it through this difficult time without the support of the law enforcement community. I look forward to getting back to work soon," added Mullen, who will continue cardiac rehabilitation.

Legal Expert Advocates Revamping AED and 9-1-1 Laws - Model Legislation Proposed

January 4, 2007--Current AED laws impede the deployment of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and do not protect all AED program participants from liability, according to Richard A. Lazar, Esq., a leading expert in AED program design and operations, risk management, law and public policy. According to Lazar, who serves as a member of the SCA Foundation Board of Directors, many state AED laws discourage bystander action and increase liability risks--despite the intentions of their authors. The SCA Foundation has endorsed Lazar's views.

Boy Struck in Chest at Ball Game Fights for Life

June 9, 2006 - WAYNE, NJ - Twelve-year old Steven Domalewski was pitching in a Police Athletic League game in Wayne, NJ, on June 6th when he was struck in the chest by the ball, leading to commotio cordis, a cause of sudden cardiac arrest in children. Several onlookers provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation. While there was a defibrillator at the ballpark, it was not used since professional help arrived quickly, according to PAL officials.

Only 15% of the victims have been resuscitated, according to the U.S. Commotio Cordis Registry.

For information on commotio cordis, see www.la12.org and www.suddendeathathletes.org.

Rural AED Act Resuscitated but in Poor Condition

June 7, 2006 - HUMESTON, IA - The Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations subcommittee has earmarked $1.5 million for Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Grant Program, "rejecting efforts of the Administration to terminate the initiative." The program provides funding to rural communities to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and provide training in their use. The appropriation level is substantially lower than amounts allocated in the past and a disappointment to emergency cardiovascular care advocates. The funding level in FY 2005 was $8.927 million.

OSHA Issues Best Practices Guide for Workplace Safety that Addresses AED Programs

June 9, 2006 - WASHINGTON, DC - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program (OSHA 3317-05N 2006), a new guide to help employers and employees develop workplace first aid programs.

“A workplace first-aid program is a key component of any comprehensive safety and health management system,” said OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke. “Our new guide offers practical information on how to help employers plan and implement first-aid programs as well as effective training.”

OSHA recommends the provision of automated external defibrillator (AED) training if an AED is available at the work site. The Guide is advisory in nature. It is not a standard or regulation and it creates no new legal obligations.

Test Detects Need for ICD

June 5, 2006 - A test that picks up a nearly undetectable variation in the heartbeat helps single out heart attack survivors who are likely to develop potentially deadly heart rhythms, reports the June issue of the Harvard Heart Letter. These are the people who would most benefit from getting a device called an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, which shocks the heart back into a normal rhythm if it goes astray.

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