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Peyton’s Law Passes PA Senate Unanimously

HARRISBURG – Today the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Regan (R-31) which aims to educate every student-athlete and their parents about electrocardiogram (EKG) testing to detect underlying heart conditions that can lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

“SCA is the leading killer of student-athletes in the United States and the leading cause of death on school campuses,” noted Regan. “Recognizing these staggering statistics, I introduced this legislation in honor of Peyton Walker, a young woman from Camp Hill who died of SCA at the age of 19 – six years ago this Saturday.”

With School Back in Session, 26,000 More Toronto Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

CPR demo in schools

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- With school back in session, 26,000 more Toronto high school students will be trained this year in lifesaving skills by their teachers as part of their Grade 9 Physical Education and Health curriculum, resulting in a legion of lifesavers at school and in the community.

The ACT Foundation has set up the high school CPR training program in all high schools in both the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Teachers are trained as CPR instructors for their students and empower more than 26,000 students each year, with 450,000 Toronto students trained in CPR to date. ACT is also helping high schools add the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training to the CPR program for students through the donation of training equipment to schools and teacher training.  

Gov. Wolf Signs Bill to Develop CPR Curriculum

HARRISBURG, PA--Today, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Act 7 of 2019, formerly Senate Bill 115, which will require the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to create potentially life-saving curriculum for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

“I’m proud to sign into law this important life-saving measure. Each additional set of hands trained to do CPR increases the likelihood that a cardiac arrest will be reversed,” said Gov. Wolf. “Teaching our young Pennsylvanians to save a life not only promotes the health of all of Pennsylvania, it builds a sense of community and neighborliness.”

Killion CPR Education Bill Presented To Governor

Legislation creating curriculum standards for CPR education in high schools heads to governor’s desk

HARRISBURG, PA--The State Senate today unanimously passed Senate Bill 115, legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Killion (Chester and Delaware counties), which would establish a model curriculum for high schools for CPR instruction.

“With the potential to save lives, I am gratified my colleagues have passed this important legislation,” said Killion. “Hands-on education is critical to providing effective CPR training. In passing this bill, Pennsylvania joins 38 other states in providing guidelines to ensure up-to-date standards for CPR education.”

Study Finds That Sudden Death in Middle School Age Student Athletes Most Common While Playing Basketball

National Athletic Trainers’ Association and National Basketball Athletic Trainer Association Provide Tips for Parents to Help Keep Their Student Athlete Safe

DALLAS, TX--The majority of sudden death in American youth sports (ages 6-17) from 2007-2015 were cardiac-related (heart) and occurred during practice within organized middle school sports according to a first-of-its-kind study published in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Journal of Athletic Training. The majority of those affected were male with an average age of 13 years old. No previous studies have focused on sudden death in organized middle school, youth, and recreational youth sports in the United States.

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Harrill's Battle Won: AEDs for Every Tennessee School

The battle lasted nearly a decade. On Tuesday, Rhonda Harrill achieved her goal from the get-go: mandatory placement of at least one automated external defibrillator device in every Tennessee public school.

The state House of Representatives finally made it happen with the sponsorship and guidance of state Rep. Bob Ramsey, R-Maryville.

PA House Education Committee Approves SB 115 Calling for CPR Education in Schools

Pennsylvania SB 115, (Sen. Tom Killion, R-9), which calls for CPR education in grades 9-12, was unanimously approved by the House Education Committee today, with an amendment specifying that the CPR instruction provided by a teacher, instructor or community volunteer must include "participation of a professional educator with a PA certification, including a professional educator certified in physical education or health education or a school nurse."

The bill is expected to next be given a reading in the House, then referred to the House Appropriations Committee, and then go before the full House of Representatives for consideration.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a strong supporter of this legislation.

Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation Honored in Lansing for Making Michigan Schools 'Cardiac Safe'

LANSING, MI-- Michigan lawmakers recognized Michigan Student Athlete Cardiac Awareness month in April by giving a warm greeting from the House floor to Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation representatives and supporters on Thursday, who are leading the effort to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all Michigan schools.

Teens Save Dad With CPR

OLATHE, KS--Two Olathe East High School students are being credited for saving their father’s life by performing hands-only CPR.

Seth and Claire Johnson were home during a recent snow day when their father, Mark Johnson, suddenly went into cardiac arrest.

“I heard my brother yelling my dad’s name,” said Claire, an Olathe East senior. “My dad wasn’t responsive, he was turning purple. Signs that he wasn’t just asleep.”

The siblings immediately started chest compressions and called 911.

“We called 911 and pulled him off of the couch,” said Seth, a freshman.

Senate Passes Killion Bill to Expand CPR Training in Schools

The Pennsylvania Senate today unanimously passed legislation aimed at saving lives through greater education and training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to Senator Tom Killion (R-9), who sponsored the measure.

Senate Bill 115 would strengthen academic guidelines in schools for CPR training in grades nine through 12, while adding hands-only CPR instruction to Pennsylvania’s education curriculum.

“This bill will greatly expand lifesaving CPR training in Pennsylvania,” said Killion. “If this becomes law, future generations will better learn how to administer CPR while attending high school. This has the potential to save countless lives for years to come.”

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