Posted by SCAFoundation on 12/10/2008

A Message from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

We see it in the news far too often: A student is at football practice, or playing lacrosse, or just walking to class when he suddenly collapses and dies from sudden cardiac arrest.

When a tragedy like this happens, people often think there’s nothing they can do. But there is: Immediate treatment—before paramedics arrive—with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, and an automated external defibrillator, or AED, gives the victim the best chance at life.

Schools exist for the purpose of preparing young people for life. Doesn’t it make sense that schools themselves should be prepared to save a life?

You Can Save a Life at School is more than the title of this publication. It represents the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s message to schools nationwide: You have the power—and the moral responsibility—to protect the lives of your students, your faculty members, your staff and visitors. With simple preparation, you can save a life at school.

Why wait for a tragedy? Please consider implementing an SCA program at your school now. You may just save a life—and better yet, by training students in lifesaving procedures, you’ll contribute to developing a generation of citizens who are ready, willing and able to help whenever SCA strikes.

Mary M. Newman
President

Bobby V. Khan, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, Board of Directors

 

To order a free copy of You Can Save a Life at School or to order additional copies, write to schoolscampaign@sca-aware.org. Orders will be shipped in January.