Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

June 27th

High School Athletes Usually Survive SCA With Proper Plans in Place

NEW YORK--Nearly 90% of high school athletes who suffer sudden cardiac arrest during sports activities survive when emergency measures are in place, a new study suggests.

With 61-89% survival rates, both students and adults have higher than average survival when the arrest is witnessed in a school with a set emergency plan and the victim receives CPR and defibrillation before emergency services arrive, the study found.

Dr. Jonathan Drezner of the University of Washington in Seattle presented some of the data June 26 at the annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers' Association in Las Vegas. The full results will be published later this summer in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

June 25th

CPR-AED Training Deemed a Graduation Requirement in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- High school seniors in Rhode Island will be required to be trained in CPR and the use of a defibrillator before they can graduate under a newly enacted law.

Under the legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, students will receive training that includes a hands-on course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and an overview of the use of an automated external defibrillator. AEDs can send an electrical shock to the heart of someone having a heart attack to restore a normal rhythm.

Students are already given brief training in CPR, but the bill would mandate more extensive hands-on training.

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will monitor the training.

Legislative leaders say CPR training is a graduation requirement in 36 states.


June 24th

NATA Issues Best Practices Recommendations for Preventing Sudden Death in High School Athletes

National Athletic Trainers Association Calls for Heart Screenings, CPR-AED Training, and Ready Access to AEDs

Danny Berger and Athletic Trainer Mike Williams Participated In Hoops For Heart Health Foundation Events

Berger And Williams Honored At Event Started By Former NBA Player Ryan Gomes

Mike WIlliams, Ryan Gomes, Danny BergerLOGAN, UT--Utah State's men's basketball player Danny Berger and USU head athletic trainer Mike Williams recently participated in the Hoops for Heart Health Foundation's annual event in Southington and Watertown, Conn., attending the dinner Sunday night before participating in the golf tournament on Monday.

June 22nd

National PTA Calls for AEDs in Schools

At its 117th national convention, held this year in Cincinnati, the National Parent Teacher Association adopted a resolution calling for public schools to develop emergency response plans that include summoning help, performing CPR and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to save lives. The PTA also called for education about the importance of purchasing and maintaining AEDs and ongoing CPR-AED training in schools. In addition, the PTA called for legislation that would fund placement of AEDs in every school, while providing immunity for people who use the lifesaving devices in good faith. To read the resolution, click here.

NJ Governor May Sign Bills Addressing SCA in Student Athletes This Week

TRENTON--Bills that aim to prevent and document instances of cardiac arrest in New Jersey’s student athletes could hit the governor’s desk this week for his signature.

Senate bills S1911, known as “Children’s Sudden Cardiac Events Reporting Act,” and S1912, which requires more thorough exams for student athletes, were sparked by recommendations by a task force that studied the issue for more than a year.

Gov. Chris Christie is expected this week to sign the medical examination bill into law, which would require all public and non-public school students to undergo cardiac-specific screenings, and tweaks to be made to pre-participation forms.

Sudden heart attacks in students athletes are a phenomenon that accounts for about 100 teenage deaths nationwide every year.

June 20th

Legislation in Michigan Calls for AED Drills

LANSING, MI--Legislation was passed in the State House this week that will require some schools in Michigan to conduct at least one automated external defibrillator (AED) drill each year. Many schools have at least one device, and those that do will be required to substitute at least one yearly fire drill for an AED drill. State Representative Bob Genetski, of Saugatuck, says it makes sense to keep people prepared.

This legislation was inspired by Wes Leonard, a Fennville High School basketball player who died on the court when he had a cardiac arrest.



June 19th

RI General Assembly Approves Bill to Make CPR-AED Training Mandatory for High School Graduation

Legislation was approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly that will make training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) a graduation requirement for high school seniors.

The bill sponsors said that by making this training required in order to graduate, students will be able to learn how to save lives. Under the legislation that was passed by the General Assembly today, the training would need to include at least a hands-on course in CPR and an overview of AED use.

June 12th

Madden Bill Aiming To Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death By Expanding Medical Examinations For Children Approved By Committee

TRENTON, NJ--In an effort to prevent instances of sudden cardiac death, Senator Fred H. Madden sponsored legislation that would require that all annual physical examinations given to children under the age of 19 include questions evaluating the child’s cardiovascular disease risk, and require health care practitioners who perform these examinations to complete training on cardiac screening. The bill was approved today by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

June 10th

Capps Introduces Legislation to Teach Children to Save Lives

WASHINGTON, DC –Today Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24) announced she has introduced the Teaching Children to Save Lives Act (H.R. 2308), legislation that would provide critical resources to assist schools with teaching students across the country the life-saving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use automated external defibrillators (AED). Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States, but studies show that victims of SCA have a 34 percent higher chance of survival if they are immediately treated with CPR and the use of an AED. Unfortunately, few people have the knowledge or confidence to perform these basic life-saving skills in the face of SCA. Training a generation of students with these skills could save lives long into the future.
“Every second counts when someone is suffering from SCA, yet few people know what to do in an emergency.

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