Archive - 2015 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2015 - Campaign Article

November 4th

AED Alert!

Every day without an AED is a disaster waiting to happen.

WESTPORT, CT--Less than two weeks ago, a high school senior—a spectator, not a player—went into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at halftime of a Staples soccer game. The quick actions of one parent, who had an AED in the trunk of his car; another parent, who is a nurse; an EMT who raced over from the pool, and the school’s two trainers—who worked together to apply the automated external defibrillator (AED) and perform CPR—saved the boy’s life.

October 24th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Participates in 7th Annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair

PITTSBURGH, PA-- The University of Pittsburgh basketball program hosted the seventh annual Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair/Fan Fest and Blue-Gold Scrimmage on October 25 at the Petersen Events Center. The health fair featured free blood pressure health screenings and educational heart health displays, including CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) demonstrations from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

October 7th

Emory Installs AED Devices to Help Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

When it comes to surviving sudden cardiac arrest, time is the enemy.

In fact, studies show that odds of survival are greatest when an automated external defibrillator (AED) is applied within three to five minutes of a witnessed collapse, says Sam Shartar, senior administrator for Emory's Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR).

"The faster you can defibrillate someone, the more likely you can resuscitate them and help save a life," says Shartar. "AEDs have been proven to contribute to good outcomes."

September 23rd

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces You Can Save a Life at School AED Grant Program

Thanks to a generous grant from The Hillsdale Fund, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is offering $500 grants to elementary and secondary schools to help them to acquire recertified automated external defibrillators to save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest in school settings. Schools may also opt to apply the grants to acquire new AEDs. The lifesaving devices will be provided by Enerspect Medical Solutions, a partner of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, which carries all AED brands.

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced its You Can Save a Life at School AED Grant Program, which aims to help elementary and secondary schools acquire AEDs to prepare to save the lives of students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other visitors who suffer sudden cardiac arrest in school settings. The grant program was made possible by The Hillsdale Fund, an independent foundation based in Greenville, NC.

September 22nd

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces You Can Save a Life at School AED Grant Program

Thanks to a generous grant from The Hillsdale Fund, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is offering $500 grants to elementary and secondary schools to enable them to acquire recertified automated external defibrillators to help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest in school settings. Schools may also opt to apply the grants toward new AEDs. The lifesaving devices will be provided by Enerspect Medical Solutions, a partner of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, which carries all AED brands.

September 21st

Will Pennsylvania Become the Next State to Mandate CPR and AED Education Before High School Graduation?

PITTSBURGH, PA--Legislation introduced in the Pennsylvania House and Senate earlier this year seeks to make education in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) a high school graduation requirement. The bills do not mandate certification, but they do require students to undergo CPR training and become familiar with AEDs—user-friendly lifesaving devices that can restore a normal heartbeat to a victim of sudden unexpected cardiac arrest. One bill (SB 569) also calls for CPR and AED training for teachers.

If the legislation is approved soon, Pennsylvania could become the 27th state to approve mandatory CPR/AED education before high school graduation. See related article here.

Bills under consideration by the Education Committee (see attachments), chaired by Rep. Stan Saylor, are:

September 17th

NY Schools to Require CPR, AED Training

ALBANY, NY--Survivors of sudden cardiac arrest and the mothers of children who didn’t live gathered Thursday to watch the state Board of Regents vote to require all students to be taught CPR before high school graduation day.

The vote to adopt regulations was the final hurdle in a 15-year push by the American Heart Association to require New York schools to include hands-only cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction and a heart defibrillator demonstration. New York became the 26th state to pass such a law in 2014, triggering a public comment and rule-making process.

CPR classes will start next month in some schools. Instruction will be given to children 12 and older.

“I’m here and I’m alive because my son learned CPR in school,” said Joel Stashenko, a reporter for the New York Law Journal in Albany who collapsed at home on Memorial Day weekend three years ago and was kept alive by his 13 year old son, Casey.

American Heart Association and Advocates Celebrate that 1.5 Million American Students Will Now Be CPR Trained Every School Year

New York State passes the "CPR in Schools Law," joining 25 other states in mandating that CPR is required curriculum

DALLAS, TX--The American Heart Association (AHA), along with other advocates--including the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation--applauds the New York State Board of Regents for passing legislation to become the 26th state mandating that CPR training become a required part of the public school curriculum. With this law, which takes effect on October 7th, there will now be 1.5 million American teens trained in CPR every single school year.

September 3rd

Teaching CPR to 700,000 Illinois Students

CHICAGO, IL--High school teachers throughout Illinois will receive CPR toolkits from Illinois Heart Rescue to train the state’s 700,000 high school students in the use of CPR.

“Immediate CPR, performed by a bystander, is the best chance a person has at surviving a sudden cardiac event,” says Terry Vanden Hoek, UIC professor and head of emergency medicine and project leader for Illinois Heart Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing survival for cardiac arrest.

August 5th

School Districts in Connecticut Required to Train Students in CPR

HARTFORD, CT--Senator Toni Boucher (R- Wilton) and Ranking Member on the Education Committee announced today the implementation of several Education bills passed during the 2015 Legislative session. A number of the bills were ideas introduced by constituents and advocates in the district.

“Many of these bills will make a difference immediately in a child’s life,” said Sen. Boucher.

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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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