Archive - 2018 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2018 - Campaign Article

November 28th

In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kids are Teaching Kids What to Do in Medical Emergencies Through Harpers Heart Heroes; Statewide Campaign Launched

Harpers Heart Heroes

KALAMAZOO, MI--There is a cardiac arrest every second in the United States. Ninety percent of people who have a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital do not survive. If CPR is started right away, survival rates increase to forty percent.

Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of high school students who are learning how to do CPR. However, there is no training program for elementary age children. Most of these kids do not know how to tell if someone is unresponsive and may not call 911 or get help.

A study done at The Gagie School in Kalamazoo, indicates that many kids have heard of CPR, but most do not know when or why it is used. After learning about what to do in a medical emergency and watching an American Heart Association CPR video, all of the fourth graders knew how to respond if someone was unresponsive. Additionally, forty percent were able to do effective, hands-only CPR.  

November 5th

Cardiac Arrest Survival Higher in States with Required High School CPR Training

American Heart Association Meeting News Brief - Presentation 22 Session: 15

DALLAS, TX--Required CPR education in high school may lead to higher bystander CPR and cardiac arrest survival rates, according to preliminary research to be presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2018 - an international conference highlighting the best in cardiovascular resuscitation research.                                              

October 3rd

Three-Fourths of Americans Believe Schools Should Have Automated External Defibrillators Installed

CINCINNATI, OH--According to the American Heart Association, there are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year, and 90 percent are fatal.1 A new poll commissioned by Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), a leading provider of workplace first aid and safety supplies, found that 75 percent of Americans believe schools should have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on-site. The survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll, August 28-30, 2018, among 2,015 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

September 25th

Killion CPR Bill Passes Senate

The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously passed a life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation bill authored by Senator Tom Killion (R-9).

Killion’s Senate Bill 521 will strengthen academic standards in schools for CPR training in grades nine through twelve while adding hands-only CPR instruction to Pennsylvania’s education curriculum. If enacted, this instructional enhancement in high schools will substantially expand CPR training in the state.

The goal of Killion’s legislation is to prepare students with fundamental life skills.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges PA Senators to Support CPR Training in Pennsylvania Schools

SB 521 (Killion) CPR training in high schools, will likely “run” today on final consideration in the Senate.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is once again urging the Pennsylvania Senate to vote in favor of SB 521, sponsored by PA Senator Tom Killion (R-9th). The legislation will ensure that high school students receive CPR training and learn about automated external defibrillators at least once before graduation, without placing any financial burden on schools or the Commonwealth.

September 5th

Football Safety Not Scoring High Enough in Schools

You can add the name Jordan McNair to the list of college, high school and middle school players who might have needlessly died for the love of football.

A simple, well-known procedure — immersing McNair, 19, in a tub of ice water — when he collapsed at an off-season University of Maryland workout in May could well have saved his life. But it didn’t happen. This failure drew national attention to how unprepared many football programs are to keep their players safe.

August 17th

South Dakota High Schools to Enforce Pre-Contest Safety Timeouts

MITCHELL, SD--South Dakota high school officials will be enforcing new rules on how to administer athletic contests to improve safety.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association will require registered officials to hold "a pre-contest medical timeout" beginning this fall. The timeout will be a short meeting held at the start of the first athletic contest for administrators, officials and coaches to discuss emergency personnel and protocols.

The medical timeout formalizes the process already in place in many school districts across the state, said John Krogstrand, the association's assistant executive director.

July 18th

CPR Could Be Added to the UK National School Curriculum

LONDON--In a landmark move, the UK government has today revealed plans to add CPR to the national curriculum.

The historic announcement sees CPR and first aid added to the curriculum as part of wider Health Education classes. The move could transform survival rates from out of hospital cardiac arrests, potentially saving thousands of lives.

Survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrests are shockingly low, with less than 1 in 10 surviving.

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Chief Executive, Simon Gillespie, says evidence suggests “nearly 1 in 4 could survive if all young people are trained with life saving CPR skills.”

Research funded by the BHF found that people were nearly three times more likely to perform CPR if they had received training.

June 5th

University of Iowa Memorializes Renowned Cardiologist Richard Kerber with Lifesaving Program

Nearly everyone knows that CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)—rapid, rhythmic chest compressions—can save lives. Similarly, most people have seen AEDs (automated external defibrillators) deployed in public places such as airports and shopping malls. These devices can deliver an electric shock that restores a normal heart rate and rhythm in a person in cardiac arrest. But many people lack the basic training that would allow them to use these lifesaving techniques in an emergency. 

April 19th

Slippery Rock University Student Brought Back to Life by Classmates, First Responders

SLIPPERY ROCK, PA -- "I'll Be There For You" is the theme song to Frantzi Schaub's favorite television show, "Friends." The junior theatre major at Slippery Rock University was even wearing a "Friends" sweatshirt when his heart stopped during his acting class.

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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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