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Resuscitation Science, Technology and Emergency Dispatch Services Leaders Commit to Help Double Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survival by 2028

Resuscitation quality improvement program, protocols for telecommunicators core components to improve survival rates DALLAS, TX--The American Heart Association states more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the U.S. annually. Cardiac arrest is a life-threatening condition with about a 10-minute life expectancy without immediate… Read More

Life After Life: Does Consciousness Continue After the Heart Stops?

How can people brought back from death after cardiac arrest report having experienced lucid and vivid memories and recollections without a functioning brain? The study of near-death experiences is challenging the idea our consciousness fades to black when our body expires. He could see a nurse and doctor, a bald, “chunky fella” dressed in blue… Read More

Telephone CPR Could Save Lives, But Only a Handful of States Require Dispatchers to Be Trained for It

When someone calls 911, the time it takes for paramedics to arrive can be the difference between life and death. Minnesota lawmaker Julie Sandstede knows this. She represents a rural area, where ambulances may take longer to arrive on the scene of a medical emergency. When her husband experienced cardiac arrest in 2011, the dispatcher sent the… Read More

HeartHero Personal Automated External Defibrillator Wins ACC.19 Innovation Challenge

Medical device startup HeartHero was the winner in the Innovation Challenge at the 2019 American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference, March 16-18 in New Orleans, for its ultraportable, affordable and user-friendly automated external defibrillator (AED). Co-hosted with AngelMD, the ACC.19 Innovation Challenge provided a platform for a select… Read More

Compression-Only CPR Increases Survival of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Study Highlights: In a Swedish study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, bystander CPR rates nearly doubled and compression-only, or Hands-Only CPR, rates increased six-fold over the 18-year review.      Compression-only and standard CPR – with chest compressions and rescue breaths – were associated with doubled survival rates compared with no… Read More

Hackers Can Take Over Heart Devices, DHS warns

Any connected device these days is a potential target of hackers—and that now includes defibrillators. Implantable defibrillators made by Minneapolis, Mn.-based Medtronic could allow an attacker to interfere with and collect sensitive data from the devices, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a medical advisory. A defibrillator is… Read More

PTSD After Cardiac Arrest Predicts More Heart Trouble

Survivors of cardiac arrest are more likely to experience further heart trouble—and even death—if they have symptoms of PTSD when discharged from the hospital, according to a new study from researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “Because nearly a third of cardiac arrest survivors in our study reported PTSD symptoms, finding… Read More

Commonly Used Heart Drug Associated with Increased Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

LISBON, PORTUGAL--A drug commonly used to treat high blood pressure and angina (chest pain) is associated with an increased risk of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest, according to results from the European Sudden Cardiac Arrest network (ESCAPE-NET) presented today at EHRA 2019.   Sudden cardiac arrest causes around half of cardiac… Read More

Unhindered Access to AEDs Is Crucial for Bystander Defibrillation and Survival

Reviewing data from a nationwide AED registry, investigators in Copenhagen have found that “Optimization of automated external defibrillator (AED) placement and accessibility are warranted,” according to a study published in Resuscitation. Researchers identified all OHCAs registered by mobile emergency care units in Copenhagen, Denmark (2008–2016… Read More

Fla. EMS Leaders Publish Study on Head-Up CPR Technique

A study recently published in Critical Care Medicine examines the feasibility and safety of performing “head-up CPR,” a bundled technique that involves mild elevation of the head and torso for patients experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OOHCA). Conducted between Jan. 1, 2014 and June 30, 2017 by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (Fla.) crews… Read More