Archive - 2007 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2007 - Campaign Article

April 27th

ACT Foundation Paves Way for AED Education in Canadian Schools

April 27, 2007 – OTTAWA, ON – The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation of Canada is paving the way for defibrillator education in Canadian schools through its pilot project in Ottawa

ACT recently launched the ACT High School Defibrillator Pilot Project—the first of its kind in Canada –  when nearly 20 teachers from four Ottawa high schools were trained to teach their students how to save lives with a defibrillator.

The goal of the pilot is to expand students’ CPR training, increasing their ability to respond to cardiac emergencies in public places. Research shows that when early citizen CPR is combined with early defibrillation, the rate of survival for a person experiencing a cardiac arrest almost doubles.

April 24th

North Dakota Schools To Get AEDs

April 24, 2007 – BISMARK – North Dakota Governor John Hoeven has signed into law Senate Bill No. 2313, which provides for the purchase and distribution of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools. The state superintendent of public instruction will oversee the program, ensuring that school staff are properly trained. The $400,000 needed to support the program will come from the superintendent’s budget.

This is great news for Michelle Tipton of Beulah, who has been working for years to raise awareness about the need for AEDs in schools. Her son, Shannon Huber, then 17, died from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in 1999. It was later discovered that the cause of his SCA was long Q-T syndrome, a hereditary condition that affects the heart’s electrical rhythm.

Tipton is creating a database of schools in North Dakota that have AEDs. So far, 40 of 204 school districts have AEDs, she said.

February 19th

Sudden Death Strikes Another Student in Houston

February 19, 2007–HOUSTON, Texas – Mike Ndiribe, 18, a Grayson County College (Denison, Texas) student collapsed during halftime at a basketball game at Hill College north of Waco last Wednesday. He was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead an hour later. While Hill College had an automated external defibrillator (AED) that might have been used to save Ndiribe’s life, potential rescuers did not know where to find it. And while Grayson College also has AEDs, an athletic trainer from Grayson equipped with an AED did not travel with the team. Ndiribe, a native of Austria, was a college freshman who previously played varsity basketball at Fort Bend Bush High School.

January 27th

School Offers Heart Screenings in Maggie’s Memory

January 22, 2007 – HeartScreen America will offer low-cost electrocardiograms (ECGs) at Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck, NY, on January 26-27 for students six years of age and older, parents, faculty and staff. The initiative to detect heart defects will be conducted in honor of Maggie O’Malley, a varsity athlete, who died from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) last summer. She would have been a senior at Rhinebeck High School this year.

ECGs are not typically part of annual physicals at schools, but without them, potentially fatal heart abnormalities often go undetected until it is too late. For more information, see http://www.heartscreenamerica.com.

January 26th

Mild Cooling Makes the Difference for College Student

January 26, 2007 – Oliver Trodyk, 22, a math and physics double major at Winona State University in Minnesota, was playing ultimate frisbee on December 5th, when he suddenly collapsed, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. His teammates thought he was having a seizure—they knew he had a history of asthma. They called for help and emergency medical services (EMS) arrived about 10 minutes later. Upon arrival, paramedics confirmed asystole on their monitor. With cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), ventricular fibrillation (VF) evolved and they were able to restore Trodyk’s pulse after four shocks with a defibrillator. He was transported to Winona Community Hospital and then transferred by Flight for Life to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

January 23rd

Teachers Use CPR, AED to Save Student

January 23, 2007 – HOUSTON – An 11th grader at Debakey High School for Health Professions was playing basketball in the school gym on January 11th when he suddenly collapsed. Students called 9-1-1 and ran for help. Elmer Villatoro, a physical education instructor, and two other teachers, provided CPR and used the school’s defibrillator to resuscitate the victim. According to school officials, the student remains in critical condition.

Debakey, named for the heart pioneer Michael Debakey, MD, is part of the Houston Independent School District. HISD last year became the first school district in Texas to place defibrillators in every school.

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