HARRISBURG--Proponents of legislation that would address sudden cardiac arrest in school athletes took their message to the Capitol on Valentine’s Day. The goal of their legislative proposal is to educate and prevent the number one killer of youth athletes.
HB1610 unanimously passed the State House of Representatives. Now, supporters are lobbying state senators to approve the bill that would require training about the warning signs, diagnosis and treatment options.
Coaches, athletic trainers, sports officials and even referees would be required to take on-line training about the conditions requiring players to be removed from the playing fields if they show symptoms. It would also require medical clearance before the athlete can return to the field.
Representative Mike Vereb, prime sponsor of the bill, says the class will be available on-line at the State Health Department website. Prevention and education are vital.
Vermont State Senators gave preliminary approval Tuesday morning to a bill that would make the teaching of cardiopulmonary resuscitation mandatory. Some senators say they worry about the state imposing mandates on schools. Senator Randy Brock says he'd normally oppose mandates, but he says this case is different.
"As I look at what we're asking here today, it's very rare that this body has the ability to do something that actually can save a human life," said Brock. "We aren't called upon to do that very often. We're called upon to do that here. And for that reason I think this is something that should pass. And I will be voting in favor of it."
The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote. Senators still have to vote once more before sending the proposal on to the House.
SOURCE: VPR News
NEW YORK--Linda Cotter-Forbes, of Rhinebeck, New York, was recognized yesterday at an awards ceremony at the New York Athletic Club for winning first place in the first iRescU AED Scavenger Hunt Challenge. The Challenge was launched during the 2011 American Heart Association Conference in November. Linda reported the location of 37 AEDs during a 48-hour period.