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Health Data Collaboration Will Improve Outcomes for Medical Emergencies

American Heart Association and RapidSOS to connect first responders and 9-1-1 telecommunicators with life-saving medical information

NEW YORK, NY--Too often life-saving medical data isn’t available to first responders during emergencies. A new collaboration between the American Heart Association, and emergency technology company, RapidSOS, will help solve this issue by teaming up to promote a voluntary registry for citizens to share data with 911 and first responders. People can provide opt-in profile information and individual health data, personalizing care and positively transforming emergency outcomes. 

Fun in the Water Can Turn Tragic in an Instant, Especially for Children

Nicole and Jonathan Hughes, a teacher and a physician with three young children, were acutely aware of the dangers of swimming pools and lakes. From fenced-off pools to life jackets to constant supervision, they did everything right.

Tragedy struck anyway.

Last June, as the family was about to head to an Alabama beach for an evening crab hunt, 3-year-old Levi somehow slipped out of their vacation house and found his way to the pool. In what seemed like an instant he was face down in the water, and couldn't be revived.

Blackline Safety Responds in Seconds, Saves Lone Worker's Life

Worker's G7c connected safety wearable connects him to Blackline's Safety Operations Center after he suffers cardiac arrest, enabling SOC to dispatch emergency services

ZOLL Signs Definitive Agreement to Purchase Cardiac Science

CHELMSFORD, MA-- ZOLL® Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Cardiac Science Corporation (CSC), a leading provider of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), related services, and accessories. CSC is a portfolio company of Aurora Resurgence, a Los Angeles-based private equity investment firm.

Magician-Turned-Doctor Knows the Trick to Helping Save Lives with CPR – Just Watch

Dr. Alson Inaba has no shortage of tricks up his sleeve.

He's the doctor who figured out that the Bee Gees tune "Stayin' Alive" has the same beat you need to do CPR correctly, making the disco classic a powerful tool to keep hearts pumping.

For his next act, Inaba hopes to set lifesaving to a more modern tune – Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk."

"One phrase that Bruno repeats over and over in his song is, "Don't believe me, just watch,'" Inaba said. "Imagine this scene: Two people see a colleague collapse from sudden cardiac arrest. The first person says to the second, 'Did you know that if I do chest compressions to 'Uptown Funk,' I could save this person's life? Don't believe me? Just watch!'"

A Drug to Boost Cardiac Arrest Survival

A new four-year, $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, together with colleagues from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas at Houston, to evaluate the efficacy of two drugs that have the potential to vastly improve survival and cognitive outcomes in people who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

The two drugs, called TAT-PHLPP9c and TAT-PIF, mimic the effects of rapid cooling on the body, which is known to help prevent cardiac damage and mitigate the neurological effects of a heart attack. But cooling the body during and immediately after sudden cardiac arrest is difficult because the vests used to bring down the body’s core temperature are not available in all ambulances or hospitals. 

Bystander CPR Highlighted During National CPR and AED Awareness Week

American Heart Association urges the public to learn CPR and act in cardiac emergencies to help save lives

DALLAS, TX--Do you know the two simple steps of Hands-Only CPR? Performing CPR can double or even triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Higher bystander CPR rates have been linked to greater survival rates after a cardiac arrest but currently, bystanders only perform CPR 37% of the time.

Call-Push-Shock Video Recognized as One of Top 10 Resources for CPR-AED Awareness Week

The American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the National Safety Council combined efforts to focus this year’s CPR and AED awareness week (June 1-7) on not only CPR skills, but on bystander willingness to act. Laerdal Medical Corporation recognized their efforts, along with those of other partners, stating "To support their efforts, we are sharing with you some of our favorite content, some ours, some from our partners and public resources. We hope that you use it as you create a community of bystanders who will act in the event of witnessing a cardiac arrest."

Multiple Organizations Unite for National CPR-AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, Urging the Public to 'Call-Push-Shock'

In recognition of National CPR-AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, along with multiple partners, are urging the public to learn hands-only CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator. Their campaign, Call-Push-Shock, is a growing national movement that aims to curb the public health crisis of sudden cardiac arrest, which kills nearly 1,000 people every day in the United States.

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