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University of Alberta group designs better CPR board for resuscitating COVID-19 patients

Pandemic inspires innovation in emergency and critical care. A potential need sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired an Edmonton team of clinicians and academics to build a better cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) board for use in emergency departments and intensive care units (ICUs). Because of COVID-19’s attack on the lungs, many… Read More

Study challenges "scoop and run" model for cardiac arrest

The odds of surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) are significantly better when resuscitation efforts are continued on scene, as opposed to being performed while the patient is being transported to the hospital, a large observational study has found. The process of moving a patient during resuscitation (known as "scoop and run") may… Read More

EMS World Expo keynote: 'What You Do Matters'

A riveting 9-1-1 call from the early-morning hours of May 11, 2020, captivated attendees of EMS World Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Oregon ophthalmologist Will Flanary, better known in social media circles as his comedic alter ego Dr. Glaucomflecken, recounted his May near-death cardiac arrest experience and the heroic efforts of the 9-1-1… Read More

Research opportunity for caregivers of cardiac arrest survivors

Family members and companions of sudden cardiac arrest survivors are invited to participate in a study by the SIREN Emergency Care Research Network. The research is designed to better understand the experiences of family members and companions of patients after cardiac arrest and severe neuro trauma. Renee Kasperek-Wynn, RN, BSN, SIREN Clinical… Read More

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation expands its Board of Directors

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation announces two individuals, Christina Dolan and Michael Robie, have been elected to serve on its Board of Directors. Both have exceptional expertise in consumer and healthcare marketing. Christina Dolan Christina Dolan is a 30-year advertising and marketing veteran with experience working on some of the most… Read More

Call-Push-Shock to be presented at Take Heart America and EMS World Expo

"Call-Push-Shock: A National Movement to Save Lives," will be presented (virtually) next week at Take Heart America (Sept. 15) and EMS World Expo (Sept. 16). Call-Push-Shock, co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch (PHW) and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF), is a growing national movement aimed at increasing public understanding of sudden… Read More

What COVID-19 is doing to the heart, even after recovery

A growing number of studies suggest many COVID-19 survivors experience some type of heart damage, even if they didn't have underlying heart disease and weren't sick enough to be hospitalized. This latest twist has health care experts worried about a potential increase in heart failure. "Very early into the pandemic, it was clear that many… Read More

Interventions improve bystander CPR, increase out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival

Singapore-US study: Bundled interventions increased the likelihood of bystander CPR in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests nearly eightfold, survival over threefold in Singapore in 2011-2016 SINGAPORE / DURHAM, NC--A new study published in The Lancet Public Health found that a series of public health interventions in Singapore cumulatively increased… Read More

Survivors invited to participate in study on awareness during cardiac arrest

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is collaborating with Sam Parnia, MD, and his team at NYU Langone Health on an observational study that investigates cardiac arrest survivors’ reports of memories or experiences during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and their long-term psychological effects. The long-term purpose of this study is to… Read More

Call-Push-Shock movement presented at 2020 Preparedness Summit

A poster on Call-Push-Shock is being presented (virtually) this week at the 2020 Preparedness Summit, an annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Call-Push-Shock, co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch (PHW) and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF), is a growing national movement aimed at increasing… Read More