Jill was a normal, active young girl whose life ended way too soon. She was ecstatic about being selected to be on her school’s cheerleading squad. One day at cheerleading practice, she collapsed and died instantly. The autopsy revealed that she had a heart abnormality that had never been detected. Needless to say, this was a tremendous shock to her family and friends (story by SCA-aware.org). An AED equipped with pediatric pads could have potentially saved Jill’s life. Continue reading Sudden Cardiac Arrest Can Occur In Kids→
In March 2011, Chuck Fields was working out at a YMCA in Evansville, Indiana when he suddenly collapsed due to cardiac arrest. Fortunately, Dr. Steve Elliot, a local physician and fellow Y member, was nearby and sprung to action. Dr. Elliott and Y staff revived Chuck with CPR and two defibrillator shocks delivered by a nearby AED. Two years later, Chuck has resumed exercising at his local Y and is speaking out about the importance of AEDs.
We all know that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but if you have pre-existing heart conditions cardiac arrest is also likely to strike during a work-out. Because of this correlation, many fitness centers and health clubs have installed AEDs. In fact, many states have actually enacted laws to make this mandatory. (You’ll learn more about that in the upcoming Legislation Guide we are currently working on.) According to a new study, these regulations and mandates seem to be paying off.
We recently received a letter from a nursing student who is taking a class on ethics in the medical field, asking about whether or not we support laws like New Jersey’s “Janet’s Law.” For those that do not know what this law is, it is a bill that requires all schools, public and nonpublic, to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and trained staff that can respond to sudden cardiac events, by September 1, 2014. The bill is named after Janet Zilinski, an 11-year-old girl that died during cheerleading practice. Since her death, her family has started a foundation that has been raising awareness and providing AEDs for places that do not have them. Continue reading Janet’s Law→
A recent report from Ottawa, Canada revealed that just in the month of January, three people had suffered cardiac arrest while working out at the gym. In the first week, a 32-year-old man collapsed while exercising. The very next day, paramedics were called again for a 60-year-old man that had collapsed. By the time the paramedics had arrived, the fitness center’s trained staff had performed CPR and delivered two shocks from an on-site automated external defibrillator (AED). Then, two weeks later, yet another man, 71-years-old, had cardiac arrest while using a treadmill. Fortunately, this gym also had an AED and trained facility staff and were able to save his life. Continue reading Does Your Gym Have an AED?→