Archive - Feb 2015

Archive - Feb 2015

February 26th

Sen. Dominick Ruggerio, Proposes Schools in Rhode Island Should Have AEDs

Sen. Ruggerio bill requires AEDs in all middle, high schools
PROVIDENCE, RI--About 325,000 Americans suffer sudden cardiac arrest every year and about 95 percent of them die before reaching a hospital. Although no official statistics have been gathered about sudden cardiac arrest in children, it is estimated that several hundred children under the age of 21 succumb each year.

Global Summit Takes Aim at Sudden Heart Death in Athletes

SEATTLE, WA--Top sports-cardiology and -medicine physicians are meeting this weekend in Seattle to discuss efforts to improve cardiac safety in athletes.

The conference is driven by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center.

Speakers hope to reach consensus on recommended scientific standards for interpreting electrocardiograms (ECG), the diagnostic test most often used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart.

Two New Jersey Athletic Trainers Team Up to Save the Life of a Spectator

TRENTON, NJ--On January 30, 2015, David Csillan, Head Athletic Trainer with Ewing High School and Tammy Osterhout, Assistant Athletic Trainer with Rancocas Valley High School were taking in their respective team’s game at the Jeff Coney Classic Tournament. David decided to travel to the game that night, which is not something he ordinarily does. Tammy was working the game as the host site Athletic Trainer. Following the game, Ewing High School Athletic Director Bud Kowal ran into the Blue Devils’ locker room. He told Csillan that he was needed in the stands. 

February 24th

Brown’s Resolution Deeming ‘AED Awareness Week in Pennsylvania’ Approved by House

HARRISBURG – In an effort to raise awareness about the positive and life-saving benefits automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) can provide, Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) sponsored House Resolution 104, establishing Feb. 22-28, as “AED Awareness Week in Pennsylvania.” Brown organized an AED training seminar at the Capitol earlier today run by John and Rachel Moyer, before her resolution was unanimously passed by the House. 

California Bill Would Require CPR to Graduate High School

Twenty other states, one California district have made training mandatory

SACRAMENTO, CA--A Democratic assemblyman has introduced a bill into the California Legislature that would require students to learn how to perform CPR before they graduate high school. 

Assembly Bill 319 was introduced Friday by Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona, who said the bill would empower young people to save lives.

February 23rd

Dr. Jonathan Drezner Leads Discussion on SCA at USA Football National Conference

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--Injury data and research for youth sports make national headlines on a regular basis, but certain injuries or causes are highlighted while others are not put in the limelight.

Recently, education about sudden cardiac arrest has been brought to the forefront of youth sports and for a simple reason – sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 cause of death in youth and teen athletes while participating in sports.

Dr. Jonathan Drezner, professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, a team physician for the Seattle Seahawks and a member of the USA Football Medical Advisory Committee, led the discussion on this topic for the 600-plus youth and high school football leaders at the 2015 USA Football National Conference in Indianapolis this past weekend.

“Any child who collapses and is unresponsive on the playing field should be assumed to be in cardiac arrest until proven otherwise,” Drezner said.

February 19th

California Bill to Require Defibrillators in New Buildings

SACRAMENTO, CA--Most new buildings in California with an occupancy greater than 200 people would be required to stock electronic devices used to stop cardiac arrest under a new bill.

Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, planned to introduce the bill, SB 287, during a news conference today in San Diego. It would require automated external defibrillators (AEDs) be present in structures built after Jan. 1, 2016. Cities, including San Diego, have already passed similar laws for new buildings.

February 17th

New Technology Can Predict Cardiac Arrest Hours to Days in Advance

Dr. Dana Edelson's system alerts hospital staff hours to days before cardiac arrest is likely to occur

February 16th

Physio-Control Partners with USA Football

USA Football has announced a multi-year partnership with Redmond's Physio-Control as a supporting sponsor of USA Football, its Heads Up Football and U.S. National Team program. Physio-Control’s LIFEPAK CR Plus is the official automated external defibrillator (AED) for USA Football and Heads Up Football.

Physio-Control will provide grants making AEDs available to youth and high school football programs. The partnership will be launched during the USA Football National Conference on Feb. 20-22 in Indianapolis.

American Heart Association Teams with Assemblymember Rodriguez to Train a Generation of Lifesavers

New legislation would help keep communities safe by requiring lifesaving CPR training before graduation

SACRAMENTO, February 13, 2015 – A bill introduced to the state legislature holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers in California by requiring that schools teach students Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) before they graduate. Assembly Bill 319 would effectively prepare young people to respond to victims experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, many of which die before Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) arrive because CPR was not administered.

The bill was introduced by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona, and requires the governing board of a school district and charter school to provide instruction in performing CPR.

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