How to save a life in cases of sudden cardiac arrest. What is sudden cardiac arrest?
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has issued a fact sheet on 12 Things You Should Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest (see attachment), along with a downloadable infographic targeted to the public. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to share this information through their networks.
PR WEB – Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates
An annual report from the American Heart Association indicates the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest occurring outside hospitals in the U.S. remains high and survival rates remain low. Bystander intervention—a key determinant of survival—also remains low. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges the public to learn CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs), since immediate bystander action can triple the chance of survival. And, since most cases outside hospitals occur in the home, chances are bystanders will be called upon to help save their loved ones.
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New Jersey Student Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force
The New Jersey Student Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force was created by law in 2010 as a response to the deaths of student athletes in the State. The seven-member task force is “responsible for studying, evaluating and developing recommendations regarding specific measures to enhance the cardiac screening process of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and other cardiac conditions in student athletes.” 
In March of 2012, the Task Force issued an informational brochure which was sent to the heads of all school districts in the state with mandatory distribution to parents and guardians of every student athlete. The brochure provides information on the common causes of sudden cardiac death in young athletes, warning signs, and screening recommendations in an easy to understand, question-and-answer format. The final section of the brochure addresses AEDs and states:
The American Academy of Pediatrics/New Jersey Chapter recommends that schools:
• Have an AED available at every sports event (three minutes’ total time to reach and return with the AED)
• Have personnel available who are trained in AED use present at practices and games.
• Have coaches and athletic trainers trained in basic life support techniques (CPR)
• Call 911 immediately while someone is retrieving the AED.”
We applaud the effort of the Task Force and happy to see this important informational communication on student athlete cardiac health.
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