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Wyoming Student CPR Bill Wins Senate Committee Endorsement

CHEYENNE, WY -- A Senate committee on Friday endorsed a bill that would require Wyoming students to receive basic instruction in CPR before they graduate high school, with one proponent saying that the bill would create "generations of life-savers" if it becomes law.

The Senate Education Committee unanimously supported an amended version of the bill, Senate File 82. It now goes to the Senate floor for debate.

The proposal requires all high school graduates to receive basic instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automated external defibrillators. Students would not graduate without taking the course.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces Schools That Will Receive Grants for Defibrillators, Made Possible by the Hillsdale Fund

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced the schools that will receive grants for automated external defibrillators (AEDs), made possible by the Hillsdale Fund. AEDs are used to resuscitate victims of sudden cardiac arrest, the third leading cause of death in the U.S., which affects nearly 360,000 people each year, including 7,000 youth.

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced the schools that will receive grants to acquire automated external defibrillators (AEDs) through its You Can Save a Life at School AED Grant Program, made possible by the Hillsdale Fund.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces You Can Save a Life at School AED Grant Program

Thanks to a generous grant from The Hillsdale Fund, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is offering $500 grants to elementary and secondary schools to help them to acquire recertified automated external defibrillators to save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest in school settings. Schools may also opt to apply the grants to acquire new AEDs. The lifesaving devices will be provided by Enerspect Medical Solutions, a partner of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, which carries all AED brands.

PITTSBURGH, PA--The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has announced its You Can Save a Life at School AED Grant Program, which aims to help elementary and secondary schools acquire AEDs to prepare to save the lives of students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other visitors who suffer sudden cardiac arrest in school settings. The grant program was made possible by The Hillsdale Fund, an independent foundation based in Greenville, NC.

"Nick of Time" Bill Signed Into Law

OLYMPIA, WA--Legislation aimed at raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest in teen athletes was signed into law today by the governor. 

Senate Bill 5083, sponsored by Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, directs the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) to develop a pamphlet for students, families and coaches about sudden cardiac arrest. The association will also be required to develop a program to help coaches identify warning signs of cardiac arrest and develop cardiac arrest prevention strategies.

NJ School Nurse Saves Teacher and Her Unborn Baby

Sean, Erin and sonFaculty and staff at Eisenhower Intermediate School in Bridgewater, NJ, came together on Monday, March 10, to honor school nurse Mary Ellen Urbanowicz as she was presented with an award by a representative of the American Heart Association for her quick and effective response to an emergency situation.

West Michigan Schools Among 40 Receiving New State MI HEARTSafe School designation

GRAND RAPIDS, MI-- Innovation Central High School was recognized by state officials Tuesday, May 20, as one of the 40 schools in Michigan prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies.

A total of eight West Michigan schools will get to hang banners reflecting their MI HEARTSafe School designation. The new award is an initiative from the Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young and the American Heart Association.

"Whenever we can bring people together to focus on a particular training or particular issue like this with young people, it makes a difference," said James Haveman, director of the Department of Community Health, during a press conference at Innovation Central, 421 Fountain St. NE.

"Forty schools have really stepped up to the plate to really do something about sudden cardiac issues."

CPR-AED Training to be Required in Mississippi Schools

JACKSON, MS--Lawmakers have sent to Gov. Phil Bryant a bill to require high school students to take a CPR course as part of their physical education requirements.

In addition to the cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, HB432 provides that students in grades 9-12 across the state also would be taught how to use automated external defibrillators.

Statewide Database on SCA Events Among Children Goes Into Effect in NJ

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Fred Madden (D – Gloucester, Camden) that would require the reporting of children’s sudden cardiac events and establish a statewide database to keep track of such information was signed into law today.

“Collecting data about sudden cardiac events is the next step in our ongoing fight to raise awareness about the dangers and warning signs of cardiac arrest,” said Senator Madden. “With thousands of young people dying from cardiac conditions each year, we can no longer wait to combat this medical epidemic. A centralized registry of this information will allow us to make better and smarter decisions concerning our children’s health.”

Heart Screening Mandates Face Two Main Obstacles: Cost and Infrastructure

Flower Mound Marcus coach Bryan Erwin has never had one of his football players suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

To help keep it that way, Erwin has taken a proactive approach to his players’ cardiovascular health.

Marcus football players at every level had the opportunity to undergo an electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram screening at a Flower Mound Walgreens this off-season. Ninety of them took advantage.

Irving-based healthcare company Frontera Strategies staffed the Walgreens with a sonographer, who sent the data to Dr. Jason Finkelstein, an interventional cardiologist with Advanced Heart Care. The results were relayed to the families and athletes within a week.

Texas HB 897 Aims to Ensure Students Undergo CPR Training Before High School Graduation

In eighth grade, Noah Lack learned cardiopulmonary resuscitation in his Spring Branch Independent School District health class. He never dreamed the skills he learned that day would be put to the test so soon. Just a short time later, 15-year-old Lack saw neighbor Donnie Migl collapse from sudden cardiac arrest while walking his dog in the neighborhood. Immediately, Lack knew to get help, check for a pulse and begin chest compressions. Lack's lifesaving efforts revived Migl; had he not learned CPR at school, his neighbor might not be here today.

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