Archive - 2017 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2017 - Campaign Article

December 5th

Life-Saving Automated External Defibrillators Installed in All Residences

AEDs installed in McMaster University residences

Over the last few months, McMaster has made enhancements to on-campus safety with the installation of 28 new automated external defibrillators (AED) across campus.

These portable devices are to be used in instances of sudden cardiac arrest, a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating.

Until recently, bystanders assisting a person in sudden cardiac arrest on campus would only be able to perform CPR until emergency responders arrive. With every minute of sudden cardiac arrest leading to a 10 per cent reduction in survival rates, seconds count and a shock can stop the clock.

November 19th

State of CPR Education in U.S. High Schools

Despite majority of U.S. states requiring CPR training, wide variability exists

WASHINGTON, DC--Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is known to improve survival of cardiac arrest; however, there is a disparate geographic variation in cardiac arrest survival and only a small number of the U.S. population is trained in CPR annually. According to the Institute for Medicine (IOM), high school students may be an excellent target for CPR training. A review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that over half of U.S. states require some form of CPR training in high school, but there is wide variability in instruction.

September 27th

When Should Athletes Undergo a Physical Examination?

It is recommended that children involved in athletics should undergo physical evaluation before participating in sports, even at a young age.

September 11th

University of Iowa Department of History to Launch Richard Kerber Memorial CPR Initiative

The Department of History at the University of Iowa is launching a project in memory of Richard Kerber, MD, the late husband of Professor Emerita of History Linda Kerber, with a CPR training session for its faculty and staff. The Richard Kerber Memorial CPR Initiative hopes to encourage CPR training across campus, as well as the installation of Automatic External Defibrillators in UI buildings.

August 21st

CPR in School Laws Take Effect in Eight New States This Year

After Noah Weeda collapsed during soccer drills in April 2015 at his Grand Rapids, Mich., high school, best friend Tyler Menhart called 911 and used CPR skills he learned as a Boy Scout.

In South Carolina, 18-year-old high school football player Ronald Rouse died in 2012 after collapsing twice during a home game. The cause of death was a heart condition.

Both experiences led to efforts to improve lifesaving education in both states. In fact, Michigan and South Carolina are among eight new states that have adopted high school curriculum or passed laws requiring CPR training to graduate starting in the 2017-2018 school year.

The other six states are Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

August 10th

Korey Stringer Institute Ranks State High School Sports Safety Policies

The Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut has announced the release of the Health and Safety Policy Ranking for High School Athletics. The purpose of this study is to provide a graded assessment of the implementation of health and safety policies related to the leading causes of sudden death and catastrophic injury in sport at the state level for secondary school athletics within the United States. The review was based on publicly available information from high school associations and state legislation.

August 8th

Learning from Iowa's Experience

Implementing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training Programs in High Schools

A study by Derek Hoyme and Dianne Atkins, MD at the University of Iowa may serve as an example to states that have yet to require CPR training before high school graduation.

July 25th

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges Pennsylvania Legislature to Require CPR Training Before High School Graduation

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges patients, families and other advocates to submit testimonials in support of the legislation.

June 12th

Project to Equip All Philadelphia Schools with AEDs Nears Completion

PHILADELPHIA, PA--In an effort to promote health and safety among students, The School District of Philadelphia today announced the finishing stages of a citywide project to equip every District school with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) by June 30, 2017. 

May 14th

Nevada Becomes Latest State to Require CPR-AED Education Before High School Graduation

CARSON CITY, NV -- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval today signed Assembly Bill 85, which passed with bipartisan, bicameral, unanimous support.

Assembly Bill 85, sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, eliminates a provision currently in state law that limits high school instruction in CPR and defibrillator usage and mandates that both CPR and AED instruction be offered in all private, charter and public schools. AB 85 will ensure that more high school students are provided the opportunity to learn potentially life-saving techniques. This measure was supported by the American Heart Association, schools districts, fire and rescue representatives and citizens.

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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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