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Capps Introduces Legislation to Teach Students to Save Lives

WASHINGTON, DC –Today Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24) announced she has introduced the Teaching Children to Save Lives Act (H.R. 2308), legislation that would provide critical resources to assist schools with teaching students across the country the life-saving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use automated external defibrillators (AED). Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States but studies show that victims of SCA have a 34 percent higher chance of survival if they are immediately treated with CPR and the use of an AED. Unfortunately, few people have the knowledge or confidence to perform these basic life-saving skills in the face of SCA. Training a generation of students with these skills could save lives long into the future.

If you want to better understand the magnitude of the problem...

Set up a looping function on the timer on your phone, tablet, computer, whatever. Have it beep every 88 seconds. That's the average interval between SCA's in the USA. That's right, on the average someone dies of an SCA every 88 seconds. When that beeping starts to alarm you, pause to think that we could get that interval to nearly three minutes if all of us did what Kings County, Washington (Seattle), Phoenix Arizona, or Hilton Head Island did.

And of we got a lot more bystanders trained, we could delay those beeps a lot more.

Interested in helping?

Bob

bobt [at] slicc [dot] org

Ever give much thought to the size of a risk?

Two factors determine the size of a risk:

Way to Go Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California

Way to Go Brentwood School for taking the lead in Athletic Cardiac Screenings!

In conjunction with UCLA Health, the Brentwood School Athletic Department has put together an opportunity for our Middle and Upper School student-athletes to receive a comprehensive sports physical, including a cardiac screening, on Saturday, August 23, 2014. This is a great chance for your child to get pre-participation medical care from sports specific physicians to ensure your child's health going into the upcoming sports seasons. By attending this mini health fair, your student-athletes will be medically cleared to participate in all sports for the 2014-15 school year.

Two Months in Maui

I hope this story brings hope to those who have a loved one who doesn't look like they will make it. With very good care, lots of prayers and lots of love, my husband made it through this life changing event.

Urgent: AEDs in Schools Bill at Critical Hearing this Thursday August 14, 2014

On Thursday, August 14th, the California Senate Appropriations Committee will have a Suspense Hearing at the conclusion of the Senate session. During this hearing, legislators will vote to lift or kill previously tabled bills, and Assembly Bill 2217 could die without your action. If enacted, AB 2217 would encourage all public schools to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) by allowing public schools the ability to solicit and receive funds to acquire and maintain an AED, if they don’t already have one. Please take action to urge the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Kevin de León, to lift AB 2217 from the suspense file.

AB 2217 should be lifted from the suspense file for the following reasons:

An AED Might Have Saved Borislow's Life

Dan BorislowDan Borislow, the inventor of magicJack, died of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) last month after playing soccer at a community park in Jupiter, Florida. He was only 52-years-old, and is survived by a wife and children. He was one of 300,000 to 400,000 people who die each year of cardiac arrest in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.

I play in the same adult soccer league with Borislow. Athletes of all ages play on those fields. People of every age have cardiac events — even children. In fact, the organization called Parent Heart Watch consists of parents who have lost their children due to sudden cardiac death.

What to Do After: Continuing to Survive

As you will find, it is not enough to survive death. The Lord, you, your family and your rescuers did an awesome job of getting you to the point of navigating your solution. Continuing to survive and not fall victim to your event is going to be arduous and require intentional effort.

As a forewarning, recovery can take a lot more effort than you would initially anticipate. Personally, I had to somehow make sense of the physical as well as the emotional ramifications of being a 21-year-old in a hospital bed. Being in the same bed, getting my blood drawn multiple times a day (those with a fear of needles and blood will understand), and having to see everyone around me worried and just as unsure as I was . . . it was easy to allow myself to become a victim rather than a survivor.

Mike's SCA

Hi my name is Mike, I am an SCA survivor.

My SCA occurred on the morning of July 12th 2004. It was a nice summer morning and I was getting ready for a camping trip later that week. I took out the household garbage and when I got to the trash cans I found they had been overturned and there was garbage everywhere in the yard. I cursed the neighbors dog and began to clean up the trash.

I felt a sudden sharp pain in my chest while bending over. As i stood up the pain got much worse. I made it back to the house and my wife asked what was wrong. I wasn't sure but it hurt. I had previous kidney stone issues and this was even worse pain. I got down on my knees and leaned on the couch. My wife called 911.

I was a volunteer on the local fire department and one of my friends, who was an EMT, heard the 911 call. He was on the ambulance with his wife, who was a paramedic. They recognized the address and made the normal 12 minute trip back to town, in half the time.

What to Do After You Survive Your Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Step One: Waking up . . .

Chances are if you are reading this you have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or know someone who has and you have some questions, a lot of them. I do not have the answers for why this happened, the proper health plan or diet to follow after an event or anything funded by research or a degree.

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Mission & Vision

The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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