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January 26th

Rodriguez Introduces Bill To Require CPR Instruction In California High Schools

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez introduced AB 1719 which will ensure high school students learn CPR before they graduate high school. AB 1719 holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers.

According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the most lethal public health threats in the United States. Nearly 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside the hospital each year, and sadly, only 10 percent survive. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.

January 25th

EKG Screening for College Athletes

EKG screening for college athletes

There are legitimate concerns, but Dr. Hainline’s original proposal was the right one: We should begin targeted screening of some groups of college athletes — starting with those in sports that recent research indicates pose a high cardiovascular risk, such as basketball and soccer.

January 11th

Preparing Your School for a Cardiac Arrest Emergency

Representatives of the American Heart Association's Cardiac Emergency Response Plan Task Force, chaired by Comilla Sasson, MD, PhD, FACEP [1] presented "Preparing Your School for a Cardiac Arrest Emergency," in December during the Citizen CPR Foundation's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update in San Diego. Faculty included Michele Snyder and Martha Lopez-Anderson, Parent Heart Watch; Jeff Ranous, PhD, ATC, NREMT, American Heart Association; school nurse, Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, FNP-BC; and Mary Newman, MS, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. The session addressed the development of a comprehensive approach to effectively respond to cardiac emergencies in schools. Topics included an overview of the legislative landscape, overcoming obstacles, case studies, and emergency planning.

Newman presented the Cardiac Emergency Response Plan for Schools on behalf of the Task Force. A summary of her presentation follows.

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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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