Archive - Oct 14, 2013

Archive - Oct 14, 2013

Use of AED Saves Referee's Life

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK--An automated external defibrillator, commonly known as an "AED" is the piece of medical equipment responsible for saving Pete Swiggum's life Monday, after he collapsed onto the field while officiating a football game at Notre Dame Academy.

"I was just reffing the game, I had just spotted the football and walked around the defensive line to get to my position and the lights went out," explains Swiggum, "It was something related to my heart having a small leak."

"It was very surreal, and very scary," says Notre Dame Athletic Director Ken Flaten.

Terry Hess is a Prevea Health Athletic Trainer who is present at every Notre Dame sporting event. He came to the rescue with the AED, something Notre Dame has had for years but never used.

WNBA Star Tina Charles and Safe Kids Worldwide Team Up to Promote Sports Safety

More than 300 local youth athletes attend interactive sports safety clinic

Youth learning how to use AEDNEW YORK, NY-- More than 300 local youth athletes, coaches and parents joined Safe Kids Worldwide and Tina Charles, WNBA star and 2012 MVP, for a Safe Kids Sports Safety Clinic on Saturday afternoon at the Riverbank State Park in New York. Participants learned how to avoid dehydration and preventable sports injuries such as concussions. They also learned the importance of pre-participation exams and being prepared with CPR, first aid, and automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Free Heart Screenings Offered to Student Athletes

LA PORTE, IN--In recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month in October, Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital is offering free heart screenings to student athletes on a first-come, first-served basis.

Screenings are offered to area high school students, ages 15 and older, on:

• Thursday, Oct. 17 from 3 pm to 7 pm

• Tuesday, Oct 22 from 4 pm to 8 pm

• Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4 pm to 8 pm

• Tuesday, Oct 29 from 4 pm to 8 pm

• Saturday, Nov. 2 from 8 am to noon (all Central times)

A limited number of free screenings will be performed at the IU Health La Porte Heart & Vascular Center, 901 E. Lincolnway, Ste. 102, in La Porte. Pre-registration is required by calling 219.326.2309. In addition, students must have signed parental consent and not be under the care of a physician for any cardiac-related conditions.

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