Archive - 2015 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2015 - Campaign Article

June 16th

King County, WA, Girls Receive Hero Medals for Saving Their 12-Year-Old Friend

Isabella glanced at her three friends — Hana, Bella and Jessie — smiled and softly told them: "Thanks for saving my life."

The longtime pals then engaged in an emotional embrace, which had people nearby on the verge of tears.

On Tuesday night, the girls (whose last names are withheld for privacy reasons) gathered at Redmond City Hall for their harrowing and yet uplifting story to be told in front of their families and friends. Also present were City of Redmond firefighters and medics and the 9-1-1 dispatcher who all had a hand in keeping 12-year-old Isabella alive after she went into cardiac arrest at about 5 p.m. on April 19.

Bill Requiring Defibrillators at Youth Athletic Events Clears Assembly

TRENTON, NJ-- Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak requiring defibrillators at youth sporting events advanced in the legislature on Thurs. with approval by the full Assembly. 

“The story has become all too familiar. A seemingly healthy young person playing a sport suddenly collapses on the field from an undiagnosed heart condition and never gets back up,” said Andrzejczak (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). “Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of student athletes. A properly administered defibrillator can boost a victim’s survival rate by 60 percent or more. This is more than enough reason to have a defibrillator available at youth sporting events.”

June 8th

Mandatory CPR Training in U.S. High Schools

The number of U.S. states mandating cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training as a requirement for graduation from high school is rapidly increasing. Such requisite CPR training in high school now involves 21 states and more than one million high school students annually. Although students may opt out, parental consent is required to do so, compelling the majority of high school students to learn the basic techniques of CPR. We believe this widespread implementation of CPR training has many benefits to high school students and the broader U.S. public. High school students are well-positioned to improve rates of bystander CPR initiation in the United States, and their engagement could reduce deep disparities in regional rates of survival of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest through early initiation of bystander CPR.

June 4th

San Francisco School District to Require CPR Training to Graduate

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--San Francisco Unified School District will require all students to learn CPR to graduate.

Passed unanimously by the school board in late May, the requirement will begin with the 2015-2016 school year.

Fewer than half of the roughly 326,000 Americans who have a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital each year get CPR from a bystander, and only about 10 percent survive. Bystander CPR can double or triple survival rates from cardiac arrest. However, many people do not get help from bystanders who could provide CPR if they knew how.

Screening Young Athletes for Heart Disease

14-point checklist preferred over mandatory screening for all

The NCAA is developing guidelines to detect college athletes at risk for sudden cardiac death — an issue that recently riled university team physicians and is seeping into state legislatures, where lawmakers are pushing for mandated heart screenings for high school athletes.

But what will be missing from the NCAA guidelines — expected in 2016 — is a recommendation to automatically screen all college athletes with an electrocardiogram, a test that measures the heart’s electrical activity to check for a number of heart problems. Testing entire teams would pose a logistical and financial challenge for some universities. In addition, ECGs do not find every significant heart problem and can sometimes look abnormal in people with normal hearts.

May 31st

Student Athletes, Sudden Cardiac Death and Lifesaving Legislation

A literature review from the Journal of Pediatric Health Care examined the use of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) for student athletes experiencing sudden cardiac arrest and variances in state legislation regarding the mandatory placement of AEDs in school gymnasiums and athletic fields. Researchers Nicole Garritano and Melissa Wilmarth-Stec searched multiple databases and evaluated 17 articles based on Stetler's strength of evidence guidelines.

They found that additional evidence-based research is needed to support the long-term outcomes of AED legislation and its utility in sparing the lives of student athletes. However, they stated the evidence supporting early intervention, a coordinated emergency plan, and rapid emergency medical services response is conclusive enough to warrant state or federal legislation mandating that AEDs be present in all school gyms and athletic fields.

May 14th

Michigan Recognizes 122 Schools Prepared for Cardiac Emergencies

LANSING, MI--The Michigan departments of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and Education (MDE); American Heart Association (AHA); Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA); and Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (MAP-SCDY) have awarded 122 schools in Michigan with the MI HEARTSafe School designation which recognizes schools that are prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies.

“Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 300 Michigan children and young adults between the ages of one and 39 years of age each year,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive of MDHHS. “Implementation of CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) within 3-5 minutes is crucial for increasing the chance of survival. Cardiac arrest is often unexpected and frightening, and I’m pleased to see so many of our schools taking preventative measures to address this health issue.”

May 10th

N.J. Bill Requiring Defibrillators at Youth Athletic Events Clears Assembly Panel

TRENTON, NJ--Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak, Wayne DeAngelo, Nancy Pinkin and Annette Quijano requiring defibrillators at youth sporting events was released Monday by an Assembly panel. 

April 16th

NCAA Doctor Backs Off Recommending Heart Tests for Athletes

The NCAA’s chief medical officer said Friday that he will back off a plan to recommend a mandatory heart test for athletes at higher risk of cardiac death because of an outcry from university team doctors who oppose the practice.

"Nick of Time" Bill Signed Into Law

OLYMPIA, WA--Legislation aimed at raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest in teen athletes was signed into law today by the governor. 

Senate Bill 5083, sponsored by Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, directs the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) to develop a pamphlet for students, families and coaches about sudden cardiac arrest. The association will also be required to develop a program to help coaches identify warning signs of cardiac arrest and develop cardiac arrest prevention strategies.

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