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Learn it Young and Remember it Forever

An ad was created by a Cape Town agency, Not Norm for Scouts South Africa (SSA), the biggest youth organization in South Africa. The group teaches children and young adults "leadership abilities, teamwork, self-motivation, commitment, perseverance, environmental and cultural awareness and strong values," among other things, according to their website. The powerful ad is set to the sounds of an all-encompassing ocean, while on the shore, an empty chair and a book move with a quiet breeze. There's no one else around, sans the two people in the water. Then, a faint high note sounds in the background, intensifying the video as a young boy, dressed in full clothing, carries a girl in a swimsuit out from the water.

Using his instincts, the boy performs CPR on the girl. And suddenly, the video cuts ahead to the boy, all grown up...

...To reveal that this scene, in fact, was between father and daughter.

FDA Strengthens Heart Safety Warnings on Painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening its warnings about painkillers like ibuprofen, saying they do raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. People should think carefully about taking these drugs, both over-the-counter versions and prescription pills, the FDA says. It's asking manufacturers to change the labels. The FDA spokesperson, Eric Pahon, is now saying that these painkillers do cause increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The painkillers include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS, including ibuprofen, sold under brand names like Advil or Motrin; naproxen (Aleve), as well as prescription arthritis drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors, such as Celebrex. Tylenol, known generically as acetaminophen, is not an NSAID.

LAFD to Launch Pulsepoint Smartphone APP and Announce CPR Training Initiative with LA Unified School District

Thank you to Mayor Eric Garcetti for supporting the work of PulsePoint to ensure our future adult bystanders will take the necessary steps to provide early emergency care to Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims. Today, the Los Angeles Fire Department joined with the PulsePoint Foundation and The Wireless Foundation to bring life-saving technology to Angelenos via PulsePoint, a mobile app designed to increase citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond a traditional “witnessed” area and engage them in potentially life-saving CPR.

The partnership was formally launched Wednesday, March 4th at an event at Woodrow Wilson High School in El Sereno where 120 students became CPR trained. Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD ESC-East Superintendent Roberto Martinez, PulsePoint Foundation President Richard Price and The Wireless Foundation Executive Director Athena Polydorou to discuss the LAFD’s rollout of the free PulsePoint app.

American Heart Association Teams with Assemblymember Rodriguez to Train a Generation of Lifesavers

New legislation would help keep communities safe by requiring lifesaving CPR training before graduation

SACRAMENTO, February 13, 2015 – A bill introduced to the state legislature holds the power to create a generation of lifesavers in California by requiring that schools teach students Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) before they graduate. Assembly Bill 319 would effectively prepare young people to respond to victims experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, many of which die before Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) arrive because CPR was not administered.

The bill was introduced by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona, and requires the governing board of a school district and charter school to provide instruction in performing CPR.

Our Health California Supports Pulse Point App to Provide Bystander Assistance for Victims of SCA

Richard Price was having lunch when he heard the familiar sound of an approaching siren. To his surprise, the paramedics pulled up right in front of the restaurant. Someone next door was lying unconscious and unresponsive after collapsing. Richard was a veteran 30-year firefighter and was just feet from this cardiac arrest victim — but completely unaware of their peril.

At that moment he realized just how much fate or good luck is involved in having a CPR-trained individual in the exact right place at the exact right time. As fire chief, he spent years training as many people as possible in CPR and placing defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the community.

Governor Cuomo Signs CPR in Schools Bill

From the Capitol Confidential, in case you had not seen it:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that, if approved by the state Board of Regents, would mandate the teaching of CPR in schools.

It is among a batch of bills he signed earlier.

Here are some details about the CPR measure by supporters. It seems like it’s a good bet for approval by the Board of Regents, who have been making nice lately with the public and teachers unions, as evidenced by Monday’s approval of alternate pathways to graduation. That’s in contrast with a year ago when the Regents and Education Commissioner John King Jr. were being vilified over Common Core and its attendant testing program. The signed bill now goes to the state Commissioner of Education, who has 180 days to recommend to the Board of Regents that they include CPR and AED instruction in the curriculum. The Regents have 60 days to act after the commissioner’s report. 

AB 2217 signed into law by Governor Brown, encouraging all CA public schools to have an AED

On Tuesday, September 29th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2217, which would encourage all public schools to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) by allowing public schools the ability to solicit and receive funds to acquire and maintain an AED, if they don’t already have one. It also provides that the employees of the school district are not liable for civil damages resulting from certain uses, attempted uses or non-uses of an AED. It exempts a public school or district, that is in compliance with AED requirements, from civil damage liability.

Thank you to Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez for the initiation of the bill and everyone's support and commitment to the passage of it.

Allison Gingold, Los Angeles Affiliate for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

Happy 'birthday': Aquinas volleyball player from Grant celebrates anniversary of near-fatal collapse

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Dayle Wood has a brand new "birthday," and she's thankful for every new day, week and year she has to live.

It has been a little over a year since Wood collapsed during an Aquinas volleyball practice because of an irregular heartbeat and needed to be revived via an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Wood is still a full-time student at Aquinas and is back to playing volleyball with the Saints, thanks in part to the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), which is programmed to detect cardiac arrhythmia and correct it by delivering a jolt of electricity and also has a pacemaker built into it, in her chest.

Life is pretty much as back to normal as can be for the former Grant volleyball standout, who was known as an aggressive player with a hard attack while with the Tigers.

Capps Introduces Legislation to Teach Students to Save Lives

WASHINGTON, DC –Today Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24) announced she has introduced the Teaching Children to Save Lives Act (H.R. 2308), legislation that would provide critical resources to assist schools with teaching students across the country the life-saving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use automated external defibrillators (AED). Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States but studies show that victims of SCA have a 34 percent higher chance of survival if they are immediately treated with CPR and the use of an AED. Unfortunately, few people have the knowledge or confidence to perform these basic life-saving skills in the face of SCA. Training a generation of students with these skills could save lives long into the future.

Way to Go Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California

Way to Go Brentwood School for taking the lead in Athletic Cardiac Screenings!

In conjunction with UCLA Health, the Brentwood School Athletic Department has put together an opportunity for our Middle and Upper School student-athletes to receive a comprehensive sports physical, including a cardiac screening, on Saturday, August 23, 2014. This is a great chance for your child to get pre-participation medical care from sports specific physicians to ensure your child's health going into the upcoming sports seasons. By attending this mini health fair, your student-athletes will be medically cleared to participate in all sports for the 2014-15 school year.

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