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Bystander CPR Helps Even When EMS Is Delayed



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Bystander CPRCardiac arrest patients who get cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander at the scene may have better survival odds even when an ambulance takes a long time to arrive, a Danish study suggests. Researchers examined data on 7,623 cardiac arrest patients and found when an ambulance arrived within five minutes of a 911 call, patients were 2.3 times more likely to survive at least 30 days if they received bystander CPR than if they didn't get this aid at the scene. When ambulances took up to 10 minutes to arrive, bystander CPR was associated with tripled survival odds, the study also found. More...


Heart-Related Deaths Spike During the Holidays

Heart-related deaths spike around Christmas, but the effect may have nothing to do with the cold winter season, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association. In this study, researchers analyzed trends in deaths in New Zealand, where Christmas occurs during the summer season – allowing researchers to separate any winter effect from a holiday effect. More...


"Keep the Beat Alive" Float at Rose Parade Highlights Importance of CPR

Float_Trophy_PicUnion Bank and the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate were named “Judges’ Special Trophy” winners for their 2017 Rose Parade float, Keep the Beat Alive. The Judges’ Special Trophy is presented to the float with “outstanding showmanship and dramatic impact.” The goal of the float was to promote Hands-Only CPR training, especially among youth. The AHA trained more than 3,000 people in Hands-Only CPR during float decorating days and the post-parade Showcase of Floats in Pasadena, California. More...


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Heads-Up CPR: Can It Help?

Heads up CPRWhat do the high-rises in Seoul, South Korea, have to do with the hemodynamics of CPR? Seoul has a very dense population and many of their apartment buildings are 40 stories or more, with very small elevators that have always presented challenges to EMS crews. In fact, the elevators are so small that when a cardiac arrest occurs, the patient can’t be loaded and transported in a flat position. Instead, the patient must be put in the elevator diagonally with the head up or down. Keith Lurie, MD, a cardiac arrest researcher and inventor believes the patient’s head should be up, and he can prove it. More...


Quick Thinking Coaches Save A Student's Life

Donovan Catholic wrestlers praying for teammate for Brandon GonzalezBrandon Gonzalez looked every bit a dominant force as he entered his New Jersey high school wrestling match last week. On the small side of the 220-pound division, the Donovan Catholic High School junior pinned his larger opponent from Lakewood High in just 20 seconds. Then he just lay there. At first, Gonzalez’s coach, Steven Glawson, thought that the 16-year-old was showboating a bit, exercising his dominance over a quickly pinned opponent who was still beneath him. But when his opponent rolled away and Gonzalez remained unmoving on the ground, that’s when the situation became clear. Gonzalez wasn’t showboating; he was experiencing cardiac arrest. More...

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Michigan Becomes 35th State To Require CPR Training in Schools

Michigan StatehouseLawmakers in Michigan hope the odds of surviving a cardiac arrest improve in the state, where high schoolers will soon be required to take CPR training before graduating. “We’re hoping this will help increase survival rates across all Michigan communities and beyond,” said pediatric cardiologist Monica Martin Goble, MD, an associate professor at the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center. “As four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home, this has the potential to increase survival rates across our communities.” More...


Save the Dates: ECCU 2017

ECCU 2017 The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU 2017) Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans December 5-8, with pre-conference workshops December 4-5. The science and practice of emergency cardiovascular care is changing rapidly from the home to EMS to intensive care. ECCU will feature innovative content and speakers from around the world.

The ECCU Call for Presentations has been extended to January 29. For more information, click here.
 
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