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Jul. 30, 2013

Emergency University: CPR/AED training for success, part 2
Blended training has been well documented to be a superior method for learning. When applied to life supporting actions and developing the confidence to act at the time of a cardiac arrest, it has been especially beneficial. What also differentiates EU's programs from the many other available emergency care training curricula is not only its convenient, interactive, self-paced and multi-sensorial online training modules, but also the instructor-led, uniquely personal and individually validated hands-on skills practice classes. Interaction and validation from EU's qualified instructors are an essential component of the emergency responder’s learning and motivation.More

Help out the SCAA by going shopping on Aug. 24
For only $5 you can receive 25 percent off regular merchandise and 10 percent off of electronics Macy's shopping pass. The proceeds from the $5 sales go to the SCAA. This is the perfect excuse to go shopping while helping the SCAA at the same time! To purchase a pass, please follow the "Read More" link or go to our website and click on the "Macy's Shop For a Cause" icon at the top of the home page. We hope to see you there shopping! More

Don't worry, be healthy
Johns Hopkins Medicine
People with cheerful temperaments are significantly less likely to suffer a coronary event such as a heart attack or sudden cardiac death, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. Previous research has shown that depressed and anxious people are more likely to have heart attacks and to die from them than those whose dispositions are sunnier. But the Johns Hopkins researchers say their study shows that a general sense of well-being — feeling cheerful, relaxed, energetic and satisfied with life — actually reduces the chances of a heart attack.More

Un-extraordinary measures: Stats show CPR often falls flat
Since it was introduced to American physicians in 1960, cardiopulmonary resuscitation has become a staple of emergency medicine. Between 2011 and 2012, more than 14 million people in 60 countries were trained in CPR administration, according to the American Heart Association. But recent studies suggest that the number of lives saved by CPR isn't as many as your favorite TV police drama would have you believe.More

15 Alabama schools honored as 'Heart-Safe Schools'
Children's of Alabama via
In an effort to ensure that Alabama schools are well-equipped with and trained to use automated external defibrillators, Alabama LifeStart has awarded 15 schools the title of "Heart-Safe School." The recipient schools were honored for having incorporated AED training into their student health or physical education curriculum.More

Houston mayor wants to improve the lack of CPR training in low-income areas
Shirley King has been the secretary at her church for more than 20 years. She's also a retired nurse, who's tried to teach some of her neighbors how to perform CPR. "I think the big thing is just the fear factor," King said. "Not knowing what's going to happen, not knowing how to do it and what's going to happen to you." A team of experts from Rice University has seen those same tendencies in low-income minority areas all throughout Houston. Most of those areas have higher numbers of heart attacks and fewer people either willing or able to administer CPR.More

Survivor's story: Dawn Botwen-Hauver
"Ironically, I remember feeling the best I had in a long time on the morning of that fateful day," writes 41 year-old wife and mother of two, Dawn Botwen-Hauver, of Hollywood, Fla. On Feb. 11, 2009, Dawn received a phone call from her son's school, alerting her that her five-year-old son wasn't feeling well. Little did she know how his illness would end up saving her life that very same day.More

Cardiac arrest at 29,000 feet
The Oregonian
Prem Raghu's lucky numbers might as well be his flight and seat: American Airlines' No. 1006; seat 24D. That's where the 67-year-old retired custodian was about 2 p.m. April 3, when he suffered cardiac arrest at 29,000 feet. Ominous as that sounds, it was the right place at the right time given that he was surrounded, far and away, by the right company. More

Delta employees save colleague after heart attack
David Morrison, 50, had to rely on his colleagues at Delta Air Lines to help him piece together what happened the day he suffered a heart attack. He was sitting at his desk in Delta's finance department on the morning on Feb. 13, when he suddenly slumped over and fell to the ground. Right away, everyone who worked around him found a way to help.More

CPR directed over the phone by dispatcher helped save a toddler's life
A Flagler County, Fla., sheriff's communications specialist helped a grandmother save her grandchild's life. After walking away to answer a phone call, a grandmother found her 3-year-old grandchild not breathing after being pulled from the pool by another child, according to a Flagler County Sheriff's Office press release.More

5-year-old boy reunites with rescuers who saved him from cardiac arrest
VideoBriefA 5-year-old boy was recently reunited with his rescuers, three months after he went into cardiac arrest on his school playground. Elijah Watkins, along with his parents, were recognized by the Los Angeles Fire Department and once again met the paramedics and 911 caller who saved his life.More

Mental health scars common after cardiac arrest
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
A quarter of cardiac arrest survivors suffer long-term psychological problems such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, a new review of research estimates. This additional stress on recovering patients is under-diagnosed, researchers say, and doctors have few standard methods for identifying who is at risk.More

Inappropriate shock rates driven lower with 'smart' programming: Very good news in ICD therapy
Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy for the treatment of sudden cardiac death has undergone major improvements in the past year. This is welcome news for both patients and caregivers. A late-breaking clinical trial from EUROPACE 2013 delivers good news about ICD therapy.More

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SCAA chapter donates AED
The SCAA Western Pennsylvania Chapter, led by Cheryl Rickens, donated an AED to St. Wendelin Roman Catholic Church in Butler, Pa.More

Heart failure: Mobbing James Gandolfini
The Huffington Post
"James Gandolfini, beloved for portraying flawed mob boss Tony Soprano, was 51 when cardiac arrest ended his life," writes Tracey Conway, Emmy-winning actress and writer. "I was 38 when sudden cardiac arrest stopped my own heart from functioning for almost twenty minutes. Unlike Mr. Gandolfini, I was resuscitated. My heart, and I, beat the odds."More