SCAA Keep It Beating
Jul. 2, 2013

Emergency University: CPR/AED training for success, part 1
In the mid-1990s, a private California-based emergency care training and consulting company, Emergency University (EU), broke the mold and changed the focus from traditional "CPR class attendance" to truly preparing ordinary people for a planned, organized and practiced response to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) event. Combining interactive online modules with instructor-led, hands-on skills practice and validation, EU pioneered applying, newly emerging "blended training" to CPR/AED learning.More

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association's Donor Member Program
As you are aware, SCAA started a Donor Member Program in June 2013. With your help, the SCAA has raised over $1,300, but that is not enough to continue to bring you the great programs and services that you have grown accustomed to.

Our mission is to combat the sudden cardiac arrest crisis by eliminating preventable deaths and supporting those who have been affected and our vision is to eliminate preventable deaths from sudden cardiac arrest by 2020. To do this we need your help working with the association and its local chapters, as well as your financial aid.

Please help the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association by becoming a donor member today! More

Patients suffer from PTSD after heart attack, stroke
If Douglas Mogle hadn't collapsed exactly where he did in the Notre Dame parking lot on Oct. 22, 2011, he might not be alive today. He landed in front of the tailgate party of a pediatrician, who immediately began CPR. A medic in a golf cart driving by rushed over. Then a cardiologist arrived on the scene.More

Study: Cardiac arrest survival improving in US hospitals
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
More people hospitalized for cardiac arrest are surviving compared with a decade ago, according to a U.S. study, possibly because of changes in hospital treatment and the way bystanders respond when somebody collapses. The study found that in 2008, the death rate among U.S. residents hospitalized after cardiac arrest was just under 58 percent — down from almost 70 percent in 2001.More

Cardiac arrests at school usually not in students
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Student athletes collapsing from cardiac arrest in the middle of a game may grab headlines, but when someone's heart gives up at a school, it's usually not a youngster's. In a new five-year study, researchers from Michigan found that only two out of 47 cardiac arrests at K-12 schools occurred during sports events. In fact, as many as a third of cases happened after 5 p.m. and mostly in adults.More

Elderly benefit from using implantable defibrillators
American Heart Association via Science Codex
The elderly may benefit from implantable cardioverter defibrillators as much as younger people, according to new research. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a small battery-powered device placed under the skin of the chest which delivers electrical impulses to restore a normal heartbeat if it detects a dangerous abnormal rhythm. More

Survivor's story: Jim Soderberg
"Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 started like any ordinary day," writes Jim Soderberg. "I ended my tour of duty as a firefighter in Washington, D.C. at 7 a.m. and headed home, excited that my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers were in the NFL divisional finals with home-field advantage. The day progressed quickly and quietly, and took the shape of a typical day at home with my family." Before he woke up in the intensive care unit, that is.More

8th-grader saves teammate's life just 1 day after CPR training
American Safety and Health Institute and MEDIC First Aid
This past April, Taylor Bisbee and Paris White took a mandatory CPR class at the Wesleyan Christian Academy, in High Point, N.C. The very next day, White collapsed on the field during softball practice. While Bisbee performed CPR, an automated external defibrillator (AED) was brought from the school and used to shock White's heart prior to the arrival of EMS.More

CPR saves man's life
Colin Small's heart stopped pumping blood around his body for 23 minutes. Small and his wife were driving home after going for a leisurely walk when he went into ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest. More

Police give CPR to unexpected baby born on lawn
Quick-acting police officers saved a newborn's life after a woman who didn't realize she was pregnant gave birth outside her New Jersey home.More

Varied quality of CPR among EMS, hospitals hurts survival
American Heart Association via Science Codex
The quality of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) you receive may vary, depending on the EMS department or hospital administering it, according to the American Heart Association. In a statement published in its journal Circulation, the association calls for a renewed focus on improving resuscitation techniques and tracking.More

CPR training on the job benefits everyone
The Daily Press
One of the most valuable skills a person can learn is the life-saving technique known as CPR. In the case of a person having a heart attack, whether that person lives or dies may hinge on whether anyone nearby knows how to perform CPR.More

SCAA urges FDA to reconsider proposed order to re-classify AEDs
If you're a sudden cardiac arrest survivor, a loved one of someone who suffered an SCA, an EMS provider or anyone else concerned with the SCA crisis in our country, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association needs your help immediately!More

Chapter updates
Linda Dickson, Chapter Leader of the Gateway Chapter in Missouri, will be speaking at two health classes at Webster Grove High School. The classes will be learning CPR next week.

On June 15, The American Heart Association-Central Iowa had their annual Heart Walk at the Iowa State Capitol Building and Downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Butch and Susie Gibbs, Terry and Carol Moehnke, and Kanella Bakas joined Scheel's in sponsoring hands-only CPR and use of the AED. More

Letter: Sudden cardiac arrest didn't take me due to close friend 'Mickey'
"We begin with me lying dead on the deck of my boat on Shinnecock Bay near my summer home of Armonk, N.Y.," Rich Scholer writes. "I usually carry four personal flotation devices (lifesavers) on my boat. I never really thought about the fifth lifesaver — the one implanted in my left shoulder a few years ago. It's called a defibrillator and is nothing more than internal paddles that can throw a shock into your body when needed."More