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Analysis of Seattle EMS and hospital data indicates low COVID infection risk from bystander CPR

DALLAS, TX -- Analysis of Seattle emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital data from January 1 to April 15, 2020, indicates bystander CPR is a lifesaving endeavor whose benefits outweigh the risks of COVID-19 infection, according to a new article published yesterday in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.… Read More

Organizations unite for National CPR-AED Awareness Week, 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 (AED). Their campaign, Call-Push-Shock, is a growing national movement that aims to curb the public… Read More

No evidence blanket ‘do-not-resuscitate’ orders for COVID-19 patients are necessary

American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Resuscitation investigators urge caution DALLAS, TX-- It’s inappropriate to consider blanket do-not-resuscitate orders for COVID-19 patients because adequate data is not yet available on U.S. survival rates for in-hospital resuscitation of COVID-19 patients and data from China may not relate… Read More

Matthew Killeen, PhD, joins Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Board of Directors

Dr. Matthew Killeen has been elected to serve on the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Board of Directors. Dr. Killeen specializes in the rapidly-evolving and transformative field of developing new therapies for genetic heart diseases. Having devoted his career to date at the crossroads of research and emerging technologies, he currently serves as a Senior… Read More

Autonomous drones are now delivering defibrillators to 80,000 people in Sweden

For the first time in the world, drones are being used as a fully integrated part of emergency dispatch GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN--Everdrone, a global leader in autonomous drone technology, today announced it is now deploying a drone system that delivers Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the scene of cardiac arrests. In doing so, bystanders… Read More

What to know about bystander CPR and coronavirus risk

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn't changed the fact that bystanders play a crucial role in improving survival rates for cardiac arrest. But providing potentially lifesaving CPR requires extra considerations amid the coronavirus crisis, according to temporary guidance from the American Heart Association. "Historically, we haven't seen a significant risk… Read More

Rotary-Kerber HeartSafe Community Campaign launched to save lives in Iowa and honor the memory of Dr. Richard Kerber

The Rotary-Kerber HeartSafe Community Campaign, with support from the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club, has been launched just in time for what would have been Dr. Richard E. Kerber’s birthday on May 10th. The initiative is inspired by the world-renowned cardiologist Dr. Kerber (1939-2016), University of Iowa Professor of Medicine and a founder of the… Read More

Electrocardiograms show value in college athletes’ screens

Over the past 30 years, colleges and universities have increasingly screened athletes for health conditions that may pose undue risk to sports participation. Sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of death among college athletes, so a primary function of these screenings is to reveal unknown heart conditions. The National Collegiate… Read More

American Heart Association urges patients to quickly call 911 for chest pain or heart symptoms

Temporary guidance on heart attack care issued for professionals. [SCAF note: Heart attacks can lead to sudden cardiac arrest.] DALLAS, TX --American Heart Association volunteer experts issued Temporary Emergency Guidance to STEMI Systems of Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic, on behalf of the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline initiative, Get With The… Read More

Researchers identify ‘terrible’ spike in at-home cardiac arrests during COVID-19 surge

Italian investigators believe theirs are the first published data showing high numbers of at-home cardiac arrests amid the pandemic. Chilling numbers out of northern Italy point to a 58% increase in the number of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) in the first 40 days of the COVID-19 pandemic there, as compared with the same period last year… Read More