Archive - Jun 2013

Archive - Jun 2013

June 27th

PA Bill to Further Protect Student Athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest Heads to House

HARRISBURG--Pennsylvania is one step closer to further protecting its students from sudden cardiac arrest, as legislation authored by Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) recently passed unanimously in the House Education Committee to require schools across the state to hold public hearings to consider acquiring automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) for their school buildings.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is a deadly force that strikes unexpectedly without any forewarning, and we have personally experienced it at one of our local schools in 2000,” said Brown. “My legislation would help ensure that our schools give the attention to AEDs through hosting public hearings.”

High School Athletes Usually Survive SCA With Proper Plans in Place

NEW YORK--Nearly 90% of high school athletes who suffer sudden cardiac arrest during sports activities survive when emergency measures are in place, a new study suggests.

With 61-89% survival rates, both students and adults have higher than average survival when the arrest is witnessed in a school with a set emergency plan and the victim receives CPR and defibrillation before emergency services arrive, the study found.

Dr. Jonathan Drezner of the University of Washington in Seattle presented some of the data June 26 at the annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers' Association in Las Vegas. The full results will be published later this summer in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

New Jersey law considered to report sudden cardiac incidents to the state

Legislation that would require incidents of sudden heart attacks in student athletes to be reported to the state has passed a state Senate committee and could go to a full Senate vote by the end of June.

The bill (S1911), known as the “Children’s Sudden Cardiac Events Reporting Act,” would require health professionals, who diagnose the condition or determine death was caused by sudden cardiac arrest, report the event to the state Department of Health and Senior Services.

The legislation, which passed the Senate health committee Monday by a unanimous vote, also establishes a data base that includes all records of sudden cardiac events.

Sen. Fred Madden (D-4, of Washington Township) sponsored the bill which was crafted from recommendations by the Student Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force, which he established last year.

June 25th

CPR-AED Training Deemed a Graduation Requirement in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- High school seniors in Rhode Island will be required to be trained in CPR and the use of a defibrillator before they can graduate under a newly enacted law.

Under the legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, students will receive training that includes a hands-on course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and an overview of the use of an automated external defibrillator. AEDs can send an electrical shock to the heart of someone having a heart attack to restore a normal rhythm.

Students are already given brief training in CPR, but the bill would mandate more extensive hands-on training.

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will monitor the training.

Legislative leaders say CPR training is a graduation requirement in 36 states.


June 24th

Death of Teenager Prompts Second California Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Monster Beverage Corporation

SILVER SPRING-- Nineteen year-old Alex Morris suffered a cardiac arrest and died on July 1, 2012. The Alameda County, California Coroner determined that the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy. The autopsy and toxicity reports confirm that there were no illegal drugs or alcohol involved. Alex consumed at least two 16 oz. cans of Monster Energy Drink in the 24 hours preceding his death, and at least two 16 oz. cans of Monster Energy Drink per day during the three years preceding his death. He started consuming Monster Energy Drink on a regular basis when he was a minor.

The lawsuit was filed by the same team of lawyers that filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Anais Fournier, a 14-year-old girl who died after consuming Monster Energy Drinks in December 2011. 

Varied Quality of CPR Among EMS, Hospitals Hurts Survival

Statement Highlights:

  • The quality of CPR varies among EMS departments and hospitals.
  • Professional rescuers should make changes to their CPR technique based on feedback, patient response and other data.
  • Fast and deep chest compressions with minimal interruptions are critical to high-quality CPR.

CPR Anytime KitDALLAS--The quality of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) you receive may vary, depending on the EMS department or hospital administering it, according to the American Heart Association.

NATA Issues Best Practices Recommendations for Preventing Sudden Death in High School Athletes

National Athletic Trainers Association Calls for Heart Screenings, CPR-AED Training, and Ready Access to AEDs

Danny Berger and Athletic Trainer Mike Williams Participated In Hoops For Heart Health Foundation Events

Berger And Williams Honored At Event Started By Former NBA Player Ryan Gomes

Mike WIlliams, Ryan Gomes, Danny BergerLOGAN, UT--Utah State's men's basketball player Danny Berger and USU head athletic trainer Mike Williams recently participated in the Hoops for Heart Health Foundation's annual event in Southington and Watertown, Conn., attending the dinner Sunday night before participating in the golf tournament on Monday.

Maryland Registry Links AEDs to Emergency Responders

In 2008, when NBC jounalist and Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert died as a result of cardiac arrest inside an NBC office, questions emerged about the location and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The office building had an AED inside; however, it is unknown how soon after the collapse it was retrieved.

When defibrillation is provided within 5 to 7 minutes of cardiac arrest, the survival rate is 30 to 45 percent, according to the American Heart Association. A victim's chances of survival are reduced by 7 to 10 percent with every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation.

Instances like Russert's have prompted private organizations and state agencies to provide support to individuals and businesses that choose to purchase and maintain AEDs. 

HeartRescue Simulation Lets You Save a Life

The HeartRescue Project, an effort by the Medtronic Foundation to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, has made an interactive simulation that lets you actually try and save a person’s life.

When you go to the site, you have two options: you can save a life at the mall, or you can save a life at a gym with NBA player, Ricky Rubio.

What I found so informative about this is that rather than just an instructional video, you actually have to make the choices to see what happens. For example, in the gym simulation, while you are working out you see a man just fall over on the other side of the room. Now you have two choices: go over and see what’s wrong, or continue your workout. This choice should be pretty obvious, but when you get over to him you have to make the choice to call 911 or to look for help.

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