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Top 10 steps to improve in-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes and care identified

A scientific statement on behalf of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation Statement Highlights:  In-hospital cardiac arrest is a high-risk event among hospitalized patients of all ages worldwide and is associated with high rates of poor patient outcomes, including death.[1] Improving in-hospital cardiac arrest quality of care for… Read More

Survivors are at the heart of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit

Respond. Revive. SURVIVE. Survivors, co-survivors, family members, and rescuers will join educators and resuscitation providers to challenge the SCA survival status quo. Citizen CPR Foundation invites all sudden cardiac arrest survivors, rescuers, co-survivors, and family members to Challenge the Status Quo in SCA at this year's Cardiac Arrest… Read More

Would you be willing to bring your AED to someone nearby experiencing a cardiac arrest?

In 2020, the American Heart Association began recommending the use of mobile phone technology by emergency dispatch systems to summon willing bystanders to events nearby that might require CPR or AED use. The success of systems like PulsePoint in the United States, Heartrunner in Denmark, and GoodSam in the UK prompted this guideline revision.… Read More

Black, Hispanic cardiac arrest survivors often treated at hospitals with lower quality measures

Research Highlights: A study of almost 125,000 adults who survived cardiac arrest across the U.S. found that people from Black and Hispanic communities were more often than people from white communities to be treated at hospitals that did not perform well on patient outcomes such as survival to discharge and survival with favorable neurological… Read More

Could drones one day speed AED delivery to cardiac arrest scenes across the U.S.?

Research Highlights: Using a hypothetical model of first responders and a drone network to deliver automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in North Carolina, a study suggests drones delivering AEDs may one day ease inequities of emergency response times between urban and rural areas. The simulation found that delivering AEDs by drone improved… Read More

Artificial intelligence may help predict – possibly prevent – sudden cardiac death

Research Highlights: Predicting sudden cardiac death may be possible using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze medical information in electronic health records, according to preliminary research conducted by researchers in France. Researchers analyzed electronic health records from 25,000 people who had died suddenly and 70,000 people… Read More

After cardiac arrest, family members need support, too

Research Highlights: When someone experiences a cardiac arrest, their heart stops and they often lose some degree of brain function, either temporarily or long-term, making it necessary for someone to make decisions for them. Family members of people who survive cardiac arrest are often quickly placed in a position to make decisions concerning… Read More

A child’s race, ethnicity and/or neighborhood may influence survival after cardiac arrest

Children’s survival and recovery after a cardiac arrest may be impacted by their race, ethnicity and/or the neighborhood where they live, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2023. The meeting, to be held Nov. 11-13, in Philadelphia, is a premier global exchange of the latest… Read More

American Heart Association Supports Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's Cardiac Arrest Survivor Alliance™

PITTSBURGH, PA -- The American Heart Association is a supporter of the Cardiac Arrest Survivor Alliance™ (CASA) program of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. CASA is an online resource for people who have been impacted by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or the abrupt loss of heart function. The online community aims to help survivors and loved ones… Read More

Medtronic receives FDA approval for extravascular defibrillator to treat abnormal heart rhythms, sudden cardiac arrest

DUBLIN -- Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT), a global leader in healthcare technology, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Aurora EV-ICD™ MRI SureScan™ (Extravascular Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator) and Epsila EV™ MRI SureScan™ defibrillation lead to treat dangerously fast heart rhythms that can lead to sudden… Read More