Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

November 21st

Athletic Trainer Saves High School Student

LAS VEGAS, NV--A Liberty High School student and his family have a lot to be thankful this Thanksgiving, after his life was saved by a trainer and critical piece of equipment.

Athletic trainer Scott Tschan used an AED, which stands for Automated External Defibrillator, to revive the teen wrestler after he collapsed in the school's gym.

Tschan said, "I was just hoping that it was going to work. The kid had a heart condition, that no matter how many times I would have pressed on his chest, no matter how many compressions, it wouldn't have worked. He needed the electrical impulse of the AED."

Tschan is trained to use an AED, but it was the first time he had to use one.

Every high school has two AEDs, required by state law.

Since 2004, they have been used to save nearly half a dozen lives.

PA Senate Passes Dinniman's AEDs in Schools Bill

WEST CHESTER, PA--The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved Aidan’s Law, the bill introduced by state Sen. Andy Dinniman to help ensure all Pennsylvania schools have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on hand in case of sudden cardiac arrest.

The legislation–named in memory of Aidan Silva, the seven-year-old Brandywine Wallace Elementary School student who died on September 4, 2010, from unexplained sudden cardiac arrest–now goes to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for consideration.

Dinniman credited the parents of the late Aidan Silva, Christy Marshall Silva and Steve Silva of East Brandywine, for Wednesday’s key vote.

AEDs on the Sidelines

BALTIMORE, MD--Water? Check. Playbook? Check. AED? Check.

When Baltimore area middle school coaches take their teams to a sporting event, they are increasingly adding some new equipment to the list of necessary supplies: automated external defibrillators.

November 20th

Schools With AED on Campus May Save Lives

Emergency defibrillator programs at schools linked to better cardiac arrest survival rates

Sudden heart failure is the most common cause of death among young athletes during exercise. There's something schools can do that may reduce these cases.

When a person is having sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), an automated external defibrillator (AED) can be used to bring back a regular heart rhythm.

November 18th

Heart of the Matter: Keeping High School Athletes Healthy

Marcus Warren walked off the court and toward his seat on the bench. He plopped down and slouched onto a teammate. The frantic yells by his Camden High coach that came next overpowered the cheers, the squeaking shoes and the sound of a basketball bouncing that had been filling the gym.

When a trainer tried to get Marcus to sit up, his body slumped forward, and he collapsed onto to the court.

Marcus’ heart had stopped four days before Christmas in 2002. He was dead at 16 years old.

He was a seemingly healthy high school basketball player, until he wasn’t.

Marcus’ unknown congenital heart condition could have caused sudden cardiac arrest at any moment, and it just happened to be on the basketball court. His heart abnormality was recognized for the first time in his autopsy.

November 17th

Bill Would Require CPR Training for High School Students in Texas

NEW YORK--Assemblyman Luis Sepúlveda, D–Bronx, has introduced a bill that, if passed, could make the difference between life and death.

According to the American Heart Association, only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation from bystanders, although immediate, effective CPR can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.

The bill (A.8232) would require all high school seniors to take part in CPR training, which will be provided within the school's health education curriculum and increase the number of people capable of providing effective CPR.

November 14th

Heart Bills Advance in Massachusetts Legislature

BOSTON — The state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved two heart-healthy bills sponsored by Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield.

The bills are S.1008, an act relative to newborn pulse oximetry screenings for congenital heart defects, and S.231, which would require athletic coaches employed by public school districts to hold a current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.  While nearly 383,000 people suffer from cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, only 11 percent survive, most likely because they did not receive timely CPR. When administered right away, CPR greatly enhances survival rates.

November 6th

Michigan Launches New Program to Recognize Schools Prepared for Sudden Cardiac Emergencies

LANSING, MI--The Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Education (MDE), have launched a new program, MI HEARTSafe Schools, to recognize Michigan schools that are prepared for cardiac emergencies.

The program also has the partnerships of the Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young and the American Heart Association (AHA).

“Cardiac arrest is often an unexpected, frightening event that can happen at any age, and is something that is being discussed more frequently,” said Dr. Matthew Davis, chief medical executive with the MDCH. “Implementation of CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) within three-to-five minutes is critical for increasing the chance of survival for victims of cardiac arrest. To be ready for such emergencies, preparation and practice are key.”

November 5th

Wes Leonard's Mom Helps Rescue Fennville Student

Jocelyn Leonard ran down the hallway in Fennville High School. A boy had stopped breathing in a math classroom, at the same school, in the same building, where she had lost her son, Wes Leonard.

Jocelyn Leonard had trained for this moment for nearly 2½ years. Refusing to let another kid die. The entire school was prepared. That’s the secret to saving lives. The training, knowing how to do CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator.

It was late September, and Jocelyn Leonard ran from the office to a math classroom, where — wouldn’t you know it? — her son, Wes, once took a class.

The boy was on the ground. Unresponsive. Not breathing. “They were doing CPR when I got there,” Jocelyn Leonard said.

November 4th

SCA Survivor Danny Berger Ready to Resume Playing Basketball at Utah State

LOGAN, UT--It has only been 11 months since (sudden cardiac arrest) nearly took his life, but Utah State basketball player Danny Berger is ready to move on from being an amazing story to just another basketball player.

“All the publicity was nice," Berger said, "but I’m ready to get back to normal.”

It was Dec. 4 last year when Berger collapsed during practice. Trainer Mike Williams performed CPR and used an automated defibrillator (AED) that was in the training room to restart Berger’s heart. Berger made a quick recovery in the hospital and was well enough to join the team on the Aggies' bench four days later when the Aggies returned to play against Western Oregon.

While it can be argued that basketball nearly cost him his life, Berger looks at it the opposite way. Instead of believing that basketball almost took his life, Berger believes it saved it.

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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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