Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

November 3rd

Kaiser Permanente and Hawaii Heart Foundation Launch Screening Program for Young Athletes

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has paired up with the Hawaii Heart Foundation to launch a new program in Hawaii’s high schools to screen young athletes at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

The program, called Hawaii Heart Youth Screening, recently kicked off at Moanalua High School where the health-care providers screened around 200 people between the ages of 14 and 22, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii said in a statement.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in athletes in that age group; every three days, one teenage athlete in the U.S. will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest.

The free screenings include a medical and family history review, physical exam and electrocardiogram — ECG or EKG — to analyze the heart. For those who needed further testing, an ultrasound of the heart was also available.

Ohio Rep. Pillich, Medical Professionals Raise Awareness About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Join together to discuss HB 180, SCA prevention for student athletes

Rep. Connie Pillich (D- Montgomery),  medical professionals and national community leaders joined together on Friday at the 7th Annual International SADS Foundation Conference on Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young to discuss the need for more awareness and procedures to protect student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). 

October 31st

Over 2 Million Youth Trained in CPR

OTTAWA, ON-- November is CPR Month in Canada and Canada is a leader in high school CPR. Over 2 million students have been empowered with lifesaving skills through the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Program.

ACT is the organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools. ACT's health partners who are committed to bringing this program across the country are AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi.

Since 1994, ACT, with the support of its health, provincial and community partners, has donated more than 50,000 durable mannequins to over 1,600 high schools, and more than 6,000 teachers have been trained as CPR Instructors for their students.

With the ongoing addition of defibrillator training to the program, students are now learning both CPR and how to use a defibrillator in a cardiac arrest emergency.

October 26th

Taking Early Aim at Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PHILADELPHIA, PA--How many children drop dead every year of sudden cardiac arrest? One thousand? Three thousand?  

"We don't know," said Victoria Vetter, a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "The problem is we don't have a registry in the U.S."

The federal government last week said it will help develop a pediatric registry for sudden deaths. To better determine who is at risk of dying, from which cardiac disorder, a local group is also planning a database with results of electrocardiograms (EKGs) and other records for researchers.

October 24th

Young Hearts for Life Screens Thousands of Students for Potential Heart Conditions

CHICAGO, IL--A couple thousand students at Naperville North High School have spent four minutes on massage chairs over the past two days, undergoing a “quick, simple and painless” test for potentially life-threatening heart conditions that could cause sudden cardiac arrest if unnoticed and untreated.

The test is an EKG, which uses small, disc-shaped electrodes attached to the chest, arms and legs to monitor the heart’s electrical pulses for irregularities or signs of disease.

The Young Hearts for Life program founded by Dr. Joseph Marek, a cardiologist with an office at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, is leading the testing charge in Naperville and throughout the west and south suburbs.

October 22nd

The Janet Fund to Donate AEDs to NJ Schools

AEDMARTINSVILLE, NJ--This month, in recognition of National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and in support of Janet’s Law, The Janet Fund in Martinsville — started by the Zilinski family of Warren in memory of their daughter — will be donating 20 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to New Jersey schools. 

October 18th

AEDs in Place in Tewksbury, NJ, Parks

TEWKSBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ-- If the excitment of the action on the playing fields gets to be too much for somebody's heart, defibrillators are on hand to help.

The automated external defibrillators.(AEDs) are now available in all Tewksbury parks after the Tewksbury Athletic Association campaigned for them last year. The TAA did fundraising and the Township Committee pitched in. The Tewksbury Rescue Squad did the training.

The rescue squad is also planning to hold CPR classes for the public.

Tewksbury Athletic Association wanted to have AEDs located at its fields in case of an emergency.

An AED is a portable automatic device used to restore normal heart rhythm to patients in cardiac arrest. Applied outside the body, it automatically analyzes the patient's heart rhythm and advises the rescuer whether or not a shock is needed to restore a normal heart beat.

October 17th

Volleyball Player Resuscitated After Collapsing on Court

Defibrillator used to rescue Ouellette

ONTEORA, NY--Heroes and life-and-death situations are clichés in the sports world, but they were quite real during Thursday's volleyball match between Onteora and Wallkill.

Onteora junior Makalia Ouellette walked over to coach Brittany Alexander during the match at Wallkill complaining that she wasn't feeling well and thought she might pass out. Alexander called timeout as Ouellette collapsed into her arms.

Alexander said she yelled for help and "people came running." After laying Ouellette flat on the court, Alexander immediately began performing CPR. Ouellette was unconscious and "turning blue and not breathing," Alexander said. Onteora assistant coach Nicole Saunders found Wallkill's automated external defibrillator and gave Ouellette a shock that caused her to regain consciousness.

October 14th

Use of AED Saves Referee's Life

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK--An automated external defibrillator, commonly known as an "AED" is the piece of medical equipment responsible for saving Pete Swiggum's life Monday, after he collapsed onto the field while officiating a football game at Notre Dame Academy.

"I was just reffing the game, I had just spotted the football and walked around the defensive line to get to my position and the lights went out," explains Swiggum, "It was something related to my heart having a small leak."

"It was very surreal, and very scary," says Notre Dame Athletic Director Ken Flaten.

Terry Hess is a Prevea Health Athletic Trainer who is present at every Notre Dame sporting event. He came to the rescue with the AED, something Notre Dame has had for years but never used.

WNBA Star Tina Charles and Safe Kids Worldwide Team Up to Promote Sports Safety

More than 300 local youth athletes attend interactive sports safety clinic

Youth learning how to use AEDNEW YORK, NY-- More than 300 local youth athletes, coaches and parents joined Safe Kids Worldwide and Tina Charles, WNBA star and 2012 MVP, for a Safe Kids Sports Safety Clinic on Saturday afternoon at the Riverbank State Park in New York. Participants learned how to avoid dehydration and preventable sports injuries such as concussions. They also learned the importance of pre-participation exams and being prepared with CPR, first aid, and automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

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