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Resuscitation Networks and VF detection alarms

May 10th, 2011 | By

As we look around for fresh ideas in the cardiac advocacy realm, there are some novel and promising concepts out there.



Questions & Answers about AEDs and PADs

May 6th, 2011 | By
LIFEPAD Recessed

Common questions about AEDs and Public Access Defibrillation (PADs), with answers from the American Heart Association



A Good Day to Die

May 3rd, 2011 | By

The surgeons and firefighters who worked on me all say the key item in surviving a Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the availability of a defibrillator within 2 or 3 minutes.



“Vertical response time”: barriers to ambulance response

Apr 29th, 2011 | By

The time from arrival on-scene to the patient’s side is important, particularly in multistory buildings



Study Quantifies EMS Delays in High Rises

Apr 16th, 2011 | By

Significant delays present when accessing patients in high-rise buildings and evacuating them to the hospital.



EMS Response Times from National Database

Apr 14th, 2011 | By

US National NEMSIS cardiac arrest elapsed patient care times as an average (table) and as a 90th Fractile (graph).



Paramedic response time: does it affect patient survival?

Apr 13th, 2011 | By

Pivotal 2005 study establishes no survival benefit from EMS arrival within 8 min – only if within 4 min.



Wireless transmission of ECGs could speed up heart attack diagnosis

Mar 16th, 2011 | By

A high-tech system that allows physicians to receive heart data from paramedics in the field is now live at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.



High school star’s SCA from underlying heart condition

Mar 4th, 2011 | By

(By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times 3/2011) Wes Leonard, star of the Fennville High basketball team, died of cardiac arrest brought on by a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, said the Ottawa County, Mich., medical examiner Friday. People with dilated cardiomyopathy have enlarged and weakened hearts that cannot pump blood through the body efficiently.  In some

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High school star’s SCA from underlying heart condition

Mar 4th, 2011 | By

(By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times 3/2011) Wes Leonard, star of the Fennville High basketball team, died of cardiac arrest brought on by a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, said the Ottawa County, Mich., medical examiner Friday. People with dilated cardiomyopathy have enlarged and weakened hearts that cannot pump blood through the body efficiently.  In some

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AED Registries – Closer to the Heart?

Feb 27th, 2011 | By
AED Registry

Efforts to improve survival should focus on the prompt delivery of medical interventions. CPR and AEDs both need human partners.



Public Places Safer during Cardiac Arrests

Jan 27th, 2011 | By

This article demonstrates little awareness of the need to protect high-rises as homes or workplaces as well.



Chain of Life, Bigtime

Sep 29th, 2010 | By

The owner and operator of an insurance agency is helping to spearhead a drive to bring 200 more AEDs to the city of Duluth in the next three years.



SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest Facts)

Jul 21st, 2010 | By

More people die each year from SCA than the number who die from colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, auto accidents, AIDS, firearms, and house fires COMBINED.



Study finds CPR before defibrillation insignificant

Jun 9th, 2010 | By

It doesn’t matter whether or not EMTs do a few minutes’ CPR before defibrillation of cardiac-arrest patients, researchers conclude.