SCAA Keep It Beating
Jun. 4, 2013

SCAA launches new Donor Member Program
Since its inception eight years ago, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) has been highly successful in growing a membership base — now numbering more than 5,000 — and carrying out a dizzying array of public awareness/education programs while never asking for membership dues.

The good news — nothing has changed in that arena!

As the SCAA programs grow in scope and sophistication, however, the budget to develop and administer those programs has grown ... and grown quite dramatically. Our new SCAA Donor Member Program is designed to support the overall SCAA administrative budget, with a portion of the revenues earmarked to support local chapter efforts.

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Medical emergencies occur on 1 of every 604 flights
USA Today
One of the last places anyone wants to have a heart attack — or deliver a baby — is on board an aircraft. In-flight medical emergencies occur in about 1 in every 604 flights. Considering that 2.75 billion passengers fly on commercial airlines a year, that works out to about 44,000 in-flight emergencies a year, and nearly 50 a day in the U.S. alone.More

Guinness World Record attempt for the largest CPR training achieved by 2,107 children
More than 2,100 children in the Netherlands successfully attempted a new world record for the largest ever cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training exercise using automated external defibrillator (AED) training sets, according to Koninklijke Philips, N.V. The event was organized by the foundation AED4ALL and the Canisius-Wilhelmina Hospital (CWZ) in Nijmegen, where children, between 10 and 12 years of age, demonstrated the ease of using these advanced lifesaving systems during a successful group training exerciseMore

Rhode Island bill requires grads have CPR training
VideoBrief State lawmakers in Rhode Island have approved a bill giving students more requirements to meet before graduating from high school. The bill requires high school seniors be trained in CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) before they get their diplomas.More

Survivor story: Samantha Graham
Samantha Graham, 45, went into cardiac arrest in the bleachers at her son's Little League game. Graham, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in December, had received a particularly strong chemotherapy treatment the day before at Commonwealth Hematology and Oncology, placing significant stress on her heart. Ray Antonopoulos, who was trained in CPR as a member of the Coast Guard from 1999 to 2002, moved Graham out of the bleachers onto grass next to the field. Another parent moved Laken away from her mother as Antonopoulos began CPR.More

Mom dies, gives birth, then is revived — and they're both fine
VideoBriefIn February, Erica Nigrelli was teaching at a high school in Missouri City, Texas, when she walked into a co-worker's classroom. Nigrelli said she felt faint, placed her hands on a table to steady herself and then passed out. Three teachers immediately grabbed a defibrillator and also began performing CPR.More

New Jersey man saved by defibrillator he donated
Harold Liberatore, a 66-year-old man from Milton, N.J., recently led a fundraising campaign to purchase three AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for the Lincoln Park Police Department. An AED is a portable device that can diagnose abnormal heart activity and then correct it with electrical therapy. Liberator knew the medical equipment would provide critical aid to individuals in cardiac arrest. He never imagined, however, that it would save his own life.More

Hands-only CPR video to beat of Bee Gees' hit Stayin' Alive gets viewers ready to save a life
Ky Forward
In recognition of National CPR Awareness Week June 3-8, the American Heart Association is continuing the national awareness campaign and ongoing mobile tour teaching Americans how to perform Hands-Only CPR to the beat of the Bee Gees' hit "Stayin' Alive." The song's beat is an easy and fun way for people to remember the correct rhythm for CPR chest compressions, and make them feel more confident doing it.More

Study: Estrogen levels tied to risk for sudden cardiac death
HealthDay News
Higher levels of the hormone estrogen are associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in men and women, a new study suggests. Sudden cardiac death can occur when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating (sudden cardiac arrest). Each year in the United States, more than 350,000 people die of sudden cardiac death.More

SCAA frustrated by sudden cardiac arrest statistics
The survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest has remained a low six percent for the past 30 years because most events are not witnessed, bystanders do not intervene with lifesaving CPR and AED usage, or emergency medical care does not arrive in adequate time. Frustrated with these alarming statistics, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association is putting out a call to children and adults of all ages to become First Aid/CPR/AED certified during National CPR/AED Week, June 2-8.More

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Forum
SCAA — Long Island Miracles
Help save a life! Join us at 7 p.m., June 6, at Huntington Town Hall, for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Forum featuring medical experts on sudden cardiac arrest and detailed information on the simple steps needed to establish an AED program for your organization, business or place of worship.More

Donating used pacemakers to the Third World? Why not keep them stateside, too?
Years ago, Dr. Melissa Walton-Shirley convinced an elderly patient to allow her to implant a pacer for profound brachycardia. The procedure was without incident. Days later, the patient died of a sudden massive GI bleed with seemingly no risk factors. Walton-Shirley mourned her death as any practitioner does when a much-beloved patient passes away. She also mourned the wasted monetary resources that Medicare had expended, with no payoff in patient years.More