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March 30th

AED Training Does Save Lives - in Schools

In May 2008, around 270 teachers, coaches and nurses in the Escambia County school district, Pensacola, Florida, learnt how to use AEDs.
That training has since paid off.
Just before Christmas, a local school’s band director suffered sudden cardiac arrest while running at school. Someone nearby ran to get the school nurse. The nurse had attended one of those Baptist LifeFlight Outreach Education training classes the previous spring. She immediately applied her training using the AED to resuscitate the teacher. Soon after, emergency medical service transported the teacher to the hospital where he had emergency open heart surgery and recovered fully.
“Saving this life is a direct result of the training we had the privilege of providing our community,” said Patty Trent, training coordinator, Baptist LifeFlight Outreach Education. “This is what community service is all about.”

March 16th

Ohio - Project Alive (Saving A Life Is Very Easy)

Upper Arlington City Schools AED program (Project Alive - Saving A Life Is Very Easy) has been in place for about six years. 

This collaborative program between the Upper Arlington Fire Division, the Upper Arlington Schools and community representatives aims to put AED's in all the schools, libraries, community recreation facilities, and police cruisers.

So far, they have placed two AED's in each of the five elementary schools, three AED's in both middle schools and seven AED's at the high school campus.  The project includes training and CPR/AED certification for all students at the High School over a four year period with the American Heart Association HeartSaver AED program.
Students are also trained when they take their required High School Health curriculum and have included CPR certification with all Middle School and High School athletic team captains.

March 13th

You Can Save a Life at School™ Named Maggie Awards Finalist

Awareness Publication Receives Two Nominations

PITTSBURGH–March 13, 2009–You Can Save a Life at School™, a publication of the SCA Foundation developed in cooperation with The RedFlash Group, has been named a finalist in the Western Publications Association 2009 Maggie Awards in the Best Supplement category. The cover story, “Saving Kaitlin,” by Laura McNeal, was named a finalist in the Best Public Service Series or Article category. The prestigious annual awards honor the best in magazine publishing.

You Can Save a Life at School aims to raise awareness about preventing and treating sudden cardiac arrest in schools, and is part of a national campaign that includes this website,

March 10th

NC High Schools Inadequately Prepared for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

A new study at Wake Forest University School of Medicine reveals that many North Carolina high schools are not adequately prepared to handle the immediate medical needs of a student or employee who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest on campus. The findings were used to support a new statewide program to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in high schools.

The study, scheduled to appear in the May/June 2009 issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal, evaluated how prepared N.C. high schools were for sudden cardiac arrests (SCA). It found that they lacked concise emergency action plans, needed to increase use of AEDs and coordinate more with local emergency medical services (EMS).

March 8th

Children, Teens Most Likely to Survive Nontraumatic Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

IOWA CITY, IA–Children and adolescents are twice as likely as infants or adults to survive a nontraumatic, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, a University of Iowa-led research team has found in one of the largest studies of this type of cardiac arrest.

The investigators also found that the survival rate for this type of cardiac arrest for infants younger than age 1 was lower than the survival rate for adults. The findings, which have implications for improving treatment among young patients, were published online March 9 by Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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