SCAA Keep It Beating
May. 7, 2013

SCAA prepares for National Emergency Services Week
"EMS: One Mission, One Team," is the theme of this year's National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 19-25. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) and its chapters will be celebrating the heroism of the EMS, both paid and volunteer, and hope that the public will join SCAA's efforts to increase awareness of the service of EMS, first responders and the public health crisis of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).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, North Dakota state representatives passed a bill to provide funding for CPR programs in schools. Here is a look at one ongoing program at Mandan Middle School.More

Cameraman dies despite heroic effort from Nationals trainers
A critical medical emergency that played out in the Turner Field media room on May 1 had a more hopeful outlook thanks to the quick actions of Washington Nationals head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz and his training assistant John Hsu. Cameraman, Reuben Porras, who was working an assignment for MLB Network, collapsed while preparing for the evening's game between the visiting Nationals and the home standing Atlanta Braves and required immediate medical attention after suffering what appeared to be a heart attack.More

Researchers plot locations where AEDs could save more lives
Science Codex
Prompt use of an automated external defibrillator, or AED, can greatly increase the survival rates of people who suffer a cardiac arrest. Yet a new study has found that publicly registered AEDs in Toronto are not in the best positions to help victims of cardiac arrest. In fact, less than one in four of all cardiac arrests had an AED close by. Researchers at the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital have developed a new mathematical formula to optimize the placement of costly AEDs in areas where they could do the most good.More

Foundation donates 6 defibrillators to park district
Northbrook Star
The Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heart Foundation plans to donate six automated external defibrillators to the Northbrook (Ill.) Park District during the next several weeks. Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the country and using an AED is the only way to restart a heart after it has stopped, according to Michele Snyder, who started the foundation. But one must first recognize sudden cardiac arrest, call 911, start CPR hard and fast, and immediately use an AED, she added.More

Alisa Wright Mari
It was Friday, Oct. 14, 2010 ...

Alisa Wright Mari, along with her husband, had just gotten off a cruise and was in Miami at her mother-in-law's apartment. They had only been on dry land a couple of hours. Alisa's husband says he was near the bathroom and he heard her fall to the floor. So he ran to see what had happened. He said Alisa was passed out on the floor, foaming at the mouth, and her eyes were in the back of her head. He did chest compressions for about 15 minutes while waiting on the paramedics.More

High school student saves toddler after giving her CPR
The Enterprise
Merissa Cardoza can recall the lessons at Southeastern Regional High School, in Massachusetts, where she learned CPR. She knows the steps — check the airway, breaths, compressions. The senior in the health services program hopes to be a nurse someday but it was only recently that she got her first real lesson in the field.More

Student credited with helping save stranger's life using CPR technique he had just learned
VideoBriefA Carmel Valley, Calif., teenager is being called a hero after he sprang into action and used CPR to save a stranger at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Trevor Brown, 17, explained how it all began on the afternoon of April 10 after tennis practice at Cathedral Catholic High School.More

Bride saves guest after heart attack
Medical Daily
In England, a new bride administered CPR to one of her guests, saving his life after he allegedly suffered a heart attack. Sadly, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Although effective bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can double or triple a victim's chance of survival, only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.More

Miracle of heart attack dad who was dead for an hour
David Binks, 28, was brought back to life more than an hour after he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. His quick-thinking partner Lynette Crozier immediately began CPR at their home. Paramedics and then hospital staff continued the resuscitation and shocked him 16 times before his heartbeat returned and he stabilized.More

Bakersfield-Kern County Chapter news
Read the May newsletter for the Bakersfield-Kern County (Calif.) chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA).More

Spokane Heart Rescue's 'Survivor Celebration'
Spokane Heart Rescue will hold its second "Survivor Celebration" on May 23 — a night dedicated to reuniting ASCA survivors along with the emergency service and healthcare providers who cared for them. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Center — 1316 N Lincoln, Spokane, Wash., 99201. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Cathy St. Amand at 509-323-8829 or by email at

Save the date for the second "Survivor Celebration!"More

CPR/AED Awareness Day
Life Force USA
A celebration of heroes and those that they have saved. Come and join us to celebrate people from all walks of life whose heroic acts saved a life from the number one killer of Americans, heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest.More