SCAA Keep It Beating
Apr. 23, 2013

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and Emergency University launch national partnership
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and Emergency University launch national partnership in response to growing demand for life-saving public access to defibrillation programs. The new alliance will deliver an unprecedented level of AED resources and expertise to businesses, agencies and community organizations across the U.S.More

Donation opportunities to help train Nicaraguan medical professionals on SCA awareness, CPR and AEDs
It is time for the 2013 trip to Nicaragua! As the SCAA Western Maine affiliate, we will be very busy while we're there. Through our collaborative efforts, we will provide routine well-being care and advanced medical surgeries for those in need. We will facilitate "Hands Only" CPR awareness workshops, sudden cardiac arrest awareness classes and automated external defibrillator trainings for doctors, nurses and firefighters. We also hope, through donations, that we will be able to give automated external defibrillators to our friends as we were able to give three last year. Thank you for your support and we look forward to updating you upon our return!More

SCAA: Death of Pat Summerall underscores need for more public awareness
The tragic death of Pat Summerall, the former football player turned legendary play-by-play announcer, underscores how frequently and indiscriminately sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) strikes Americans, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) said recently. Nearly 300,000 U.S. deaths are attributed to SCA each year, resulting in the collapse of an American about once every two minutes. While early bystander attention and immediate CPR and AED use have been shown to significantly improve chances for survival, many SCA victims do not receive treatment fast enough and the overall survival rate remains tragically low at eight percent.More

Boston, Texas explosions teach us the importance of knowing CPR and first aid
Recent events in Boston and Texas emphasize the importance of knowing what to do when an emergency occurs. Even as first responders rushed into help at both scenes, much of the initial care to the injured was provided by friends, neighbors and bystanders who were trained in CPR and first aid.More

Meet the SCAA team
Here is a brief introduction to the new SCAA team. Find out a little bit about each member of the SCAA administration.More

Reducing sudden cardiac arrest in schools, parks
By Rosemary Sparacio
Portable automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, have been available as early as 1997. In the last decade, technology has made their home and commercial use not only more prevalent and easier to use, but also more affordable. Like much of advancing technology, the price of the units has decreased dramatically — from well over $3,000, to under $1,000. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is easy to operate for someone with no medical background.More

North Dakota House passes CPR funding bill
According to the American Heart Association, every two minutes someone has a heart attack. In an effort to save more lives, state representatives passed a bill to provide funding for CPR programs in schools.More

UCSF Medical Center 1st in San Francisco to implant new category device for cardiac diagnostics and defibrillation
Fort Mills Times
BIOTRONIK's new category of implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) provides atrial diagnostics with a single lead. Doctors at UCSF Medical Center implanted a new cardiac defibrillator that uses a single-lead to sense vital changes in the heart rhythm on March 14, 2013, becoming one of the first heart centers in Northern California to perform this procedure.More

Dr. Hilary Greenberg: 'I drowned and went into sudden cardiac arrest'
Dr. Hilary Greenberg and her husband are certified divers and have been for the past 11 years. They wanted to get their children certified as well, so they took them to Costa Rica to get their diving certifications. Fifteen minutes into the second dive, Hilary was drawn away from her husband, her regulator was torn from her mouth and she ended up thrown against a coral reef. She drowned and went into sudden cardiac arrest.More

Quick action saves lives
Hickory Daily Record
Kenneth Maye and Don Barrier have a lot in common: Both nearly died from sudden cardiac arrest when their hearts stopped. Both, too, would not be alive today but for the quick responses from both family and emergency responders. And both benefited from a treatment called therapeutic hypothermia.More

University police officer honored for emergency response actions
Ryan Welsh, a master police officer in the University of Delaware Police Department, was honored recently for administering CPR to a UD student who suffered sudden cardiac arrest at the start of the fall semester. A six-year department veteran, Welsh received a Pre-Hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest Save Citation at an awards ceremony held at the New Castle County Department of Public Safety Headquarters.More

AEDs approved for Bakersfield, Calif., high schools
Bakersfield Now
VideoBriefIt took years of speaking before local school boards before she finally got results, but Corinne Ruiz never gave up. The Kern High School District board of trustees in Bakersfield, Calif., recently voted unanimously to place Automated External Defibrillators, known as AEDs, on all its campuses. "Tonight is such good news. It was a long time coming," said the 60-year-old mother.More

Proceeds from Lynch Creek 5/10k Run going to Tacoma/Pierce Chapter
The Tacoma/Pierce Chapter of SCAA will be partnering with the Lynch Creek 5/10k, which will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to the chapter. The races will be on June 1. For more information or to participate in the race, please go to or visit the Tacoma/Pierce Chapter's Facebook page.More