Archive - 2007 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2007 - Campaign Article

November 28th

Ohio Leaders Call For AEDs in All U.S. Schools

November 28, 2007­–AKRON–A program to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Ohio schools, administered by Akron General Medical Center and funded by the state of Ohio, is now complete. The five million dollars allocated to the program in two phases over the past several years paid for the placement of 4,544 of the life-saving electronic devices in schools throughout Ohio.

The program should be expanded across the country, said U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton. “This proven, lifesaving step should be taken in every single state,” Sutton, a Democrat who represents northeast Ohio's 13th District, said in a statement. “I'm proud that northeast Ohio is leading the way.”

November 9th

Congress Passes School AED Measure

November 9, 2007–WASHINGTON, DC–U.S. Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) announced today that Congress approved funding for a program they set up to assist schools in purchasing and providing training on automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Feingold and Collins introduced an amendment to the Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bill last month to fund the Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory (ADAM) Act. The ADAM Act, which Feingold and Collins got signed into law in 2003, was inspired by Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old high school student from Wisconsin who collapsed and died from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing in a basketball game. The ADAM Act funds a national clearinghouse to help schools set up public programs that provide access to AEDs and provides schools with technical guidance and appropriate training.

October 30th

Adult AEDs Should Be Used on Young SCA Victims if Pediatric AEDs Are Unavailable

October 30, 2007­–CHICAGO­–The use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) has saved the lives of thousands of adult cardiac arrest victims, and now AEDs are shown to be equally effective as life-saving interventions for children. Although the incidence of ventricular fibrillation (VF) in young children is low, there is a need for developing strategies to provide early defibrillation to patients younger than eight years, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has come out with a new clinical report and policy statement.

“As AED programs expand, pediatricians must advocate on behalf of children so that their needs are accounted for,” according to an AAP policy statement in the November issue of Pediatrics. The statement was released Monday during the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in San Francisco.

October 22nd

Insurance Company Donates AEDs to Schools throughout Saskatchewan

October 22, 2007–REGINA–Group Medical Services (GMS), a nonprofit insurance company, strengthened its commitment to the health of Saskatchewan communities today with the announcement of a $300,000 donation to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to 83 schools across the province of Saskatchewan.

“We're very pleased to partner with Saskatchewan schools in this effort” said GMS President and CEO, Shirley Raab. “This province-wide distribution of AED devices to schools is the first of its kind in Canada. Schools have agreed to establish ongoing training and awareness programs for teachers and students. The use of AEDs has proven to result in dramatic increases in survival from cardiac episodes.”

October 4th

Cardiac Screening of Athletes to Be Promoted in Asia

October 4, 2007–SINGAPORE–The College of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology plans to work with medical institutions in Asia to implement a pre-participation cardiac screening program for athletes in Asia. The Society attributes its interest in screening at least in part to an Italian study, which found that screening can reduce the sudden death rate by 90 percent. The Society plans to develop a screening process that can be easily adopted by family physicians.

According to Dr. Michael Lim, President of the Society and Medical Director at the Singapore Heart, Stroke and Cancer Center, electrocardiograms (EKGs) may not detect potentially life threatening heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Consequently, more comprehensive tests such as echocardiograms should be used, particularly when there is a family history of sudden cardiac death.

October 2nd

AED Under Lock and Key Leads to Lawsuit

October 2, 2007­–NAPLES, FL–The family of a man who died on the campus of The Community School of Naples last spring is suing the school, stating that an automated external defibrillator (AED) that could have saved the man’s life was locked in the nurse’s office.

Anthony Hiller, 38, died at the school April 12th of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and could have been saved if the AED had been accessible, according to the negligence lawsuit filed Sept. 26 in Collier Circuit Court.

The suit contends the school was negligent because it didn’t appropriately train its staff to respond to cardiac emergency; it failed to provide adequate and appropriate notice to staff, students and faculty to the locations of the AEDs; it failed to put an AED in places where a cardiac emergency was most likely to occur, like the field house; and it failed to ensure the AEDs were accessible at all times, including outside normal school hours.

September 25th

All Calgary High Schools to Get AEDs

September 25, 2007–CALGARY–Calgary's public school will place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at all 21 senior high schools. The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) says this is the first phase of a plan to have them installed in all of its schools.

According to CBE spokesperson Ted Flitton, high-school students are at high risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) especially during strenuous physical activity. The AEDs will help not only students and staff, he said, but also community groups that use the schools after hours.

Calgary is the first school district in western Canada to install the lifesaving devices. It will cost $39,270 to outfit all the city's public high schools.

One hundred children die from SCA In Canada each year.

September 19th

Bystanders Save SCA Victim in High School Gym

September 19, 2007–GRAYSLAKE, Ill.–Three bystanders are credited with saving a man’s life while he waited to get into a pick-up basketball game Sunday night at Grayslake Central High School.

Grayslake Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Greg Formica said the victim, a 58-year-old Hainesville man, suffered sudden cardiac arrest and was revived before paramedics reached the school gymnasium.

Formica said the Hainesville man remained at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville on Tuesday. He said use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) is one reason the man is alive.

Jason Bullman, 35, of Grayslake said he was playing in one of the pick-up games when the man, known to him only as Mike, collapsed. About 40 people were present for the open gym time.

September 5th

Texas Officials Sign AED Law

September 5, 2007–AUSTIN–Today, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, visited schools in Austin, Houston and San Antonio to ceremonially sign Senate Bill 7, which requires every public school campus to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) readily available at all University Interscholastic League athletic practices and competitions. Equipping schools with AEDs will increase the survival chance for students who may suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while at school or participating in athletics.

“In a state that has long set the national standard for athletic competition, this bill establishes a benchmark for student safety by requiring the presence of an essential life-saving device at school activities,” said Perry. “Texas knows the importance of putting our students first by taking common sense steps to reduce risk, and improve the chances of survival.”

September 4th

Beaumont Hospitals and Channel 7 Offer Free Heart Screenings to High School Students

September 4, 2007–DETROIT–The "7's Health Edge Heart Check" program is a new screening program offered by Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak and Troy Michigan to prevent sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in students involved in vigorous activities and organized sports. The screening program combines a simple health history and noninvasive screening to look for signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a serious heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. HCM affects approximately one in 500 people, and does not usually have any symptoms. The stress on the heart during strenuous activities puts our student athletes at higher risk for sudden death.

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