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August 29th

States That Require AEDs in Schools

Nineteen states now mandate AEDs to be in at least some schools. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. 

For more information, click here.

SOURCE: Scripps Howard News Service

August 18th

Statewide Database on SCA Events Among Children Goes Into Effect in NJ

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Fred Madden (D – Gloucester, Camden) that would require the reporting of children’s sudden cardiac events and establish a statewide database to keep track of such information was signed into law today.

“Collecting data about sudden cardiac events is the next step in our ongoing fight to raise awareness about the dangers and warning signs of cardiac arrest,” said Senator Madden. “With thousands of young people dying from cardiac conditions each year, we can no longer wait to combat this medical epidemic. A centralized registry of this information will allow us to make better and smarter decisions concerning our children’s health.”

August 13th

Heart Screening Mandates Face Two Main Obstacles: Cost and Infrastructure

Flower Mound Marcus coach Bryan Erwin has never had one of his football players suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

To help keep it that way, Erwin has taken a proactive approach to his players’ cardiovascular health.

Marcus football players at every level had the opportunity to undergo an electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram screening at a Flower Mound Walgreens this off-season. Ninety of them took advantage.

Irving-based healthcare company Frontera Strategies staffed the Walgreens with a sonographer, who sent the data to Dr. Jason Finkelstein, an interventional cardiologist with Advanced Heart Care. The results were relayed to the families and athletes within a week.

August 1st

Texas HB 897 Aims to Ensure Students Undergo CPR Training Before High School Graduation

In eighth grade, Noah Lack learned cardiopulmonary resuscitation in his Spring Branch Independent School District health class. He never dreamed the skills he learned that day would be put to the test so soon. Just a short time later, 15-year-old Lack saw neighbor Donnie Migl collapse from sudden cardiac arrest while walking his dog in the neighborhood. Immediately, Lack knew to get help, check for a pulse and begin chest compressions. Lack's lifesaving efforts revived Migl; had he not learned CPR at school, his neighbor might not be here today.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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