Two mothers in Washington State are spearheading efforts to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the need for AEDs throughout Washington school districts. Darla Varrenti, lost her 16-year-old son, Nick to Sudden Cardiac Arrest in 2004 after he played in a football game. Varrenti is the director of the Nick of Time Foundation that works to spread awareness for the #1 cause of death among young athletes. The foundation has educated hundreds of schools about the condition and provides youth heart screenings and training for students in CPR. Continue reading Fighting Sudden Cardiac Arrest for Washington’s Youth→
We love hearing about any fundraising efforts for heart health, and it is especially great to hear about projects led by young people. Reghan Haynes is an 11-year old who has over $4,500 for the American Heart Association in conjunction with the organization’s Jump Rope for Heart Event. This is Reghan’s third year participating, but her efforts have a special meaning this year as she lost her father less than a year ago from a heart defect.
On August 25th, Renee Langstaff and Andee West swam across the St. Lawrence River crossing from Canada to the United States. The two women organized their swim in order to raise money for Parent Heart Watch, a non-profit that supports efforts in prevention and preparation for sudden cardiac arrest in children.
When was the last time you used a pay phone? We’re guessing it’s been a year or two. It seems a waste to just discard old phone booths, especially in the UK where bright red booths have been iconic fixtures since King George V’s silver jubilee in 1936. Fortunately, some clever Brits devised a solution that preserves the phone booth and protects community members from the dire consequences of sudden cardiac arrest. That’s right, these phone booths are now home to public access AEDs. Continue reading Phone Booths Transformed Into AED Locales in the UK→
Alan Murray can personally attest to the fact that CPR and AED training can save lives. Murray is a devoted seventh grade science teacher who was playing recreational soccer at the Gold’s Gym Family Sports Complex in LaGrange, NY, when he started to feel dizzy. He left the game to sit on the bench and soon collapsed on the sidelines. Continue reading CPR and AED Training Save Life of Middle School Science Teacher→
The province of Manitoba, Canada made public safety a priority by passing the new Defibrillator Public Access Act in December 2012. This act mandates that all high-traffic public facilities in the province have an AED (automated external defibrillator) on-site, in addition to clear signage identifying their locations. The government has given facilities until January 31, 2014 to acquire AEDs, install them, and register them with local emergency services so that 911 operators can direct callers to their locations. Continue reading 1,000 Free AEDs Provided to Public Facilities in Manitoba, Canada→