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January 30th

Virginia House Committee Approves School CPR Bill

RICHMOND--Gwyneth Griffin collapsed on her middle school track after a congenital heart defect caused her to go into cardiac arrest, her mother, Jennifer Griffin, told the House Education Committee this morning.

Through tears, Griffin described how her 13-year-old daughter may have survived had she received CPR sooner. But by the time her father, who just happened to be at her Stafford school that day, got there, her brain had been without enough oxygen too long.

Ever since the incident last summer, the Griffins have been pushing for passage of “Gwyneth’s Law” requiring CPR training for bus drivers, teachers and students and placement of an automated external defibrillator in every school.

January 28th

University of New Hampshire Student Survives Cardiac Arrest

DURHAM — A University of New Hampshire student's life was saved Saturday evening when trained staff at the Hamel Rec Center and emergency response personnel were able to revive him after he went into cardiac arrest.

January 24th

South Carolina Bills Would Require CPR Training by High School Graduation

CHARLESTON, SC--Two bills introduced to the state legislature aim to save lives in South Carolina by requiring that high school students learn Hands-Only CPR before they graduate.

The bills would require the addition of the training to the health education curriculum in high schools, according to a news release from the American Heart Association. Hands-Only CPR is used in response to a sudden cardiac arrest, and the AHA estimates that when given right away, it can double or triple survival rates.

"This legislation ensures a future of citizenry with the confidence necessary to assist in life-threatening events. Confidence gained through CPR training, which empowers action. Action that can save lives," said Senator Malloy, who co-sponsored the bills with Ray Cleary in the state senate. "Sudden cardiac arrest has no prejudice. It can happen to anyone, at any time."

January 22nd

High School Honors Teen's Rescuers

LANSING, Mich.--Sixteen-year-old Chris Fowler knows an automated external defibrillator, or AED, saved his life, but he didn't realize how many people did, too.

January 13th

Avatar-Based CPR Training A Hit With High Schoolers

High school students are enthusiastic about CPR training using video-game technology, accoridng to a new study building on previous research showing medical students feel the same.

Less than 30 percent of out-of-hospital victims of sudden cardiac arrest receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the authors wrote, citing the need for more trained laypeople and more engaging training methods. The new study, conducted in Sweden and the United States, trained students in groups of three using multiplayer virtual worlds (MMVW) technology, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

January 8th

Young Soccer Player Dies During Game

SALT LAKE CITY — An 11-year-old boy who went into cardiac arrest last week during a soccer game has died.

Alan Zapata was playing an indoor soccer match Jan. 3 when he told his coach he had a headache and asked to sit out of the game. His coach, Ludwig Sanchez, pulled him from the game and said the boy collapsed, started breathing rapidly and then stopped breathing altogether.

It was determined that Alan had gone into cardiac arrest, and his coaches performed CPR until paramedics arrived. He was taken to the emergency room before being airlifted to Primary Children's Medical Center.

Primary Children's spokesman Dane DeHart confirmed Wednesday the boy died Tuesday night.

January 3rd

Teen's Life Saved Thanks to Use of AED

BALTIMORE--A 17-year-old senior women's basketball player at C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air collapsed on the court during a game Thursday night and was brought back to life. The teenager is recovering at an area hospital.

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