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Heart Defibrillators Being Installed in Norwalk Public Schools

NORWALK -- Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) will be in place in all of Norwalk Public Schools buildings when classes resume next week, according to officials.

"The defibrillators have arrived. Cabinets are being mounted in each of the schools this week," said Brenda Wilcox Williams, Norwalk Public Schools communications officer. "There will be one (defibrillator) in every school and there will be two in the high schools, plus one portable for the high school athletic departments."

An AED is a computerized device that analyzes the heart rhythm and prompts a rescuer to deliver an electrical shock if needed. They are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. When AEDs are used in conjunction with CPR, they can increase survival rates between 50 and 80 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Acting NJ Governor Guadagno Signs Lifesaving Bipartisan Legislation

New Law Requires High School Students to Receive Hands-On CPR and AED Training

NJ CPR-AED Law SigningTRENTON, NJ--Taking action to prevent the tragic loss of life from sudden cardiac arrest, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno today signed Assembly Bill No. 2072 into law, requiring high schools to provide students with hands-on training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

State Health Laws Set Rules for Fall Sports Coaches and Student Athletes in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA--The start of a new school year in the Keystone State typically means a new Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) fall sports season is here. With plenty of energy after a summer of training, student-athletes and coaches are eager to hit the fields and courts for official practices, while fans start to make plans for Friday Night Lights.

The fall months are an exciting time for those who enjoy sports whether you’re a football, soccer, tennis, golf, volleyball, or cross country student-athlete, parent, or fan. There’s so much to look forward to.

Of course, there are always concerns too. Concussions happen. Bones break. ACLs tear. And on a very rare occasion an athlete has an issue with their heart.

Sudden Cardiac Emergencies Mark the First Day of High School Practice in Two Communities

Noah CornuetThe first day of high school football practice was marked by sudden cardiac emergencies in two communities this week.

Connecticut Senators Duff and Leone Attend Signing of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Bill

Connecticut Senators Duff and Leone Attend Signing of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Bill

HARTFORD, CT--On Friday Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) and Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford) joined Governor Daniel P. Malloy in his office at the State Capitol for a signing ceremony to commemorate the passage of new legislation that will promote greater awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), an often deadly condition can strike children who otherwise appear healthy.

The senators worked to pass the bill earlier this year in cooperation with the family of Andy Peña, a Darien student athlete who died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2011, just one month shy of turning 15. His family members looked on as the governor signed the bill.

The Four R's: Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic, and Resucitation: An Overview of CPR/AED Education in American Schools

Representatives from several national nonprofit organizations recently collaborated to develop an overview of the status of CPR/AED education in America’s K-12 schools for the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update, a biennial conference of the Citizen CPR Foundation. The group is part of a task force on sudden cardiac arrest in youth, led by Stuart Berger, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Members include M. Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN, of the National Association of School Nurses, Mary Newman, MS, of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, Donna Siegfried of the National Safety Council, Merrilee Sweet of the American Heart Association, and Vicki Vetter, MD, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

American Heart Association Applauds NY Senate Passage of CPR in Schools Bill

In a unanimous vote, the New York Senate passed the CPR in Schools bill.

Sponsor Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, called on his colleagues to honor the memory of Madison McCarthy of Evans, who died at the age of 5 because CPR wasn’t started immediately.

Rep. Brown Joins Moyer Family at Ceremonial AED Bill Signing at Capitol

HARRISBURG, PA-- John and Rachel Moyer, residents of the 189th District from East Stroudsburg, lost their son, Greg at age 15 when he fell victim to sudden cardiac arrest during a high school basketball game in 2000. After Greg’s death, the Moyers made it their mission to get more automated external defibrillators (AEDs) into Pennsylvania schools. Act 35 of 2014, legislation sponsored by Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) officially became a law in April, and was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett at a ceremony held at the Capitol on Monday. 

Brown sponsored the legislation to establish a new AED program within the state Department of Education (PDE). The legislation directs the PDE to issue an invitation for bids every two years for the costs of the AEDs, in hopes of entities being able to obtain the devices for a lower cost. 

NY Senate Passes CPR in Schools Bill

ALBANY, NY--The New York State Senate passed legislation today, sponsored by Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-I-Buffalo, that would enable high school students to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automated defibrillators.

"Schools prepare students with essential life skills, and CPR skills are among the most critical lifesaving skills that make our communities safer, year after year," Grisanti said. "It takes only a few minutes to teach CPR. Sixteen states are now ensuring students learn CPR prior to graduation, and it's time to add New York to the list.

"I'm honored to have such strong support from the American Heart Association, police, fire and EMT groups, and so many other people and organizations who recognize that someday this bill could mean the difference between life and death. I hope the Assembly will join us in passing this measure."

Governor Signs Dinniman’s AED’s-in-Schools Bill

This Saturday when participants run in the fourth annual 5K for Aidan J. at Kerr Park, they will have something to celebrate.

Governor Tom Corbett today met with state Senator Andy Dinniman and the Silva family of East Brandywine to ceremoniously sign into law legislation that will help ensure that every school in Pennsylvania has an automated external defibrillator (AED) that is up to date and ready to use.

For two years Dinniman worked closely with Steve and Christy Silva, the parents of Aidan Silva, a seven-year-old from Chester County who tragically passed away from sudden cardiac arrest in 2010, to increase the awareness of the need for AED’s in schools and pass a bill that would help put them there.

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