Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

April 22nd

ECG Worthwhile for Pre-Sports Check Up

ROME -- Screening students before participation in sports with an electrocardiogram to pick up potentially deadly cardiac problems is worthwhile, two European studies argued.

A pre-sports participation exam that included a 12-lead ECG turned up group 2 findings in 7.8% of young people, 0.44% of whom had pathology confirmed on further work-up, Jakir Ullah, MD, of St. George's University of London, and colleagues found.

Self-reported symptoms weren't useful, as 40% reported them but none turned out related to cardiac pathology, the group reported here at the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation's EuroPRevent meeting.

April 18th

NCAA-Funded Study Supports Screening NCAA Athletes for Sudden Cardiac Death Risk

SAN DIEGO, CA — A new NCAA funded research study supports the addition of electrocardiogram (ECG) screening to the standardized pre-participation exams for athletes to better identify cardiac abnormalities that lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD) – the leading cause of death in athletes during sport.

Jonathan Drezner, MD, President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), along with a team of researchers from the University of Washington, presented their results from a recent study that was commissioned by the NCAA, entitled “Electrocardiographic Screening in NCAA Athletes: A Multicenter Feasibility Trial in Division I Programs” last Friday at the annual meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine in San Diego, Calif.

April 9th

Oregon Bill Aims to Prevent Student-Athlete Deaths

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon lawmakers have begun considering a bill intended to save the lives of young athletes who are hit in the chest by a baseball or other objects and go into cardiac arrest.

The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee on Tuesday heard from the parents of a young boy who died after being hit in the chest with a football.
The bill would require that a defibrillator be located within a one-minute walk of playgrounds and sports fields.
Under current law, all public schools must have at least one automated external defibrillator on campus. Oregon law also requires that schools keep defibrillators in health clubs, and places of public assembly such as auditoriums and gymnasiums.



Teen Talks About 8 Minutes of Death

VANCOUVER, WA -- Heidi Stewart was dead for eight minutes on February 12 when she passed out and her heart stopped in school.

Now she wants to share her amazing story of survival and thank the heroes who came to her rescue.

Heidi was working with her leadership class to decorate the halls on the day she collapsed. She remembers feeling dizzy and walking to the office to get help.

Right as she was opening the door, she passed out and suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Evergreen High School's secretary radioed for help.

Then the school nurse, Debbie Fowler, grabbed an automated external defibrillator and shocked Heidi three times.

After about eight minutes, Heidi's heart started beating again. Heidi said she doesn’t recall any sort of out-of-body experiences, or bright lights - just a lot of nothing.

April 1st

Nebraska Bill Would Require CPR for High School Graduation

LINCOLN, NE--Nebraska Sen. Bill Avery has introduced Legislative Bill 365, which directs that all students enrolled in a Nebraska high school complete an instructional program on basic first aid, CPR and operation of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and successfully pass a written test. 

March 26th

PVPA Receives $31,000 Grant to Teach Students How to Save Lives

SOUTH HADLEY, MA – Over 300,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest every year. It affects people of all ages, gender and race. It can happen anywhere to anyone - in a classroom, on an athletic field or in a public space. By having an automated external defibrillator, or AED, and CPR training hundreds of lives can be saved. Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) has been awarded a $31,000 grant from the Public Access Defibrillator Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to provide CPR/AED training to faculty, staff and students. 

Bill Would Fund CPR/AED Training in ND Schools

BISMARCK, ND--The goal is for all high school graduates in North Dakota to have a life-saving skill on their resumes. A bill that would fund CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training in schools is now under consideration by the State Legislature. 

March 19th

Beaumont Doctors Call for Standardized, Widespread Training to Reduce Sudden Cardiac Arrest Fatalities in Schools

ROYAL OAK, MI--One of the leading causes of death in the United States is sudden cardiac arrest, which claims the lives of more than 325,000 people each year. In a study published in the April issue of the journal Resuscitation, Beaumont doctors found that cardiac arrests in K-12 schools are extremely rare, less than 0.2 percent, but out of 47 people who experienced cardiac arrest over a six-year period at K-12 schools, only 15 survived. 

March 18th

Catholic District Approves AED Purchases for Every School

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA--Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools declared public support for Project Brock this week with the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for every school in the district.

The campaign to bring the life-saving devices into schools began in May 2012 after the tragic death of 16-year-old Brock Ruether, who suffered a cardiac arrest during a volleyball game at St. Thomas More school in Fairview.

A teary-eyed Kim Ruether petitioned the board at a meeting Monday for its continued support in making AED and first aid certification mandatory in Alberta schools.

She said the immediate use of an AED could have saved her son’s life and that Brock paid the ultimate price for this awareness.

“We need to have more than just parents on our side,” she told trustees. “We’ll do whatever it takes to help you.”

March 17th

Bill Would Require CPR Training for High School Students in Texas

There is a broad consensus among Texans, across all party lines, that there is a need for high school students to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Today, the Texas Education Committee meets in Austin to discuss numerous bills, including the American Heart Association’s CPR in School Bill, sponsored by Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, a physician for more than 30 years, and Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, who in 2007 received the Patient Advocacy Award from the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.

HB 897/SB 261 in the state Legislature would require Texas schools to provide 30 minutes of CPR instruction to all students at some point in their secondary education curriculum before graduation, according to Tiffany Travis, senior director of Communication for the American Heart Association.

Some of the arguments given in favor by the AHA are:

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