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  • HEADLINE: Ways to Reduce Deaths in Schools ... For...

    [HEADLINE: Ways to Reduce Deaths in Schools ... Forum Jan. 15 in Florida]

    Author: Tim Stewart (---.dsl.dytnoh.ameritech.net)

    Date: 01-08-03 08:20

    Copyright 2003 PR Newswire Association, Inc.

    PR Newswire

    January 8, 2003, Wednesday 9:01 AM Eastern Time

    SECTION: STATE AND REGIONAL NEWS

    DISTRIBUTION: TO MEDICAL, EDUCATION AND SPORTS EDITORS

    LENGTH: 879 words

    HEADLINE: Ways to Reduce Deaths in Schools and on Athletic Fields Focus of

    National Center for Early Defibrillation Forum Jan. 15 in Florida;

    Meeting to Include Parents of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims and Medical Experts

    DATELINE: PITTSBURGH, Jan. 8

    BODY:

    The statistics are alarming. According to research reported in a 1996 issue

    of "Circulation," a publication by the American Heart Association, it is

    estimated that one out of every 100,000 to 300,000 high school athletes will die

    from sudden cardiac death each year. The average age of collapse is 17, and a

    large percentage of these victims are male. The cause of sudden death in young

    competitive athletes varies, but most result from an undiagnosed congenital

    heart abnormality, which tragically provides few or no prior symptoms.

    To help reduce the mortality of sudden cardiac arrest in young students,

    school athletes and adults, the National Center for Early Defibrillation (NCED)

    at the University of Pittsburgh is hosting an issues forum, "Automated External

    Defibrillators (AEDs) in the Schools," on Jan. 15 at the Marriott Bay Point

    Resort in Panama City Beach, Fla.

    Parents of young sudden cardiac arrest victims; emergency medicine and

    cardiology experts; representatives of the American Heart Association, the

    American Academy of Pediatrics, the EMS for Children National Resource Center,

    the Association of School Nurses; AED manufacturers and national training

    organizations will convene from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to discuss ideas on how

    to start defibrillator programs for schools. Other topics on the agenda will

    include laws and liability issues, pre-participation screenings for teen

    athletes, funding for school-site AED programs, program implementation, training

    and data collection.

    The forum is taking place the day before the annual meeting of the National

    Association of EMS Physicians.

    "While schools are primarily a location for children and teens, they are

    also gathering places for adults and the elderly who may attend public meetings,

    evening classes and sporting events. It makes sense to have portable AEDs

    available in these public places because one never knows where or when sudden

    cardiac arrest may occur," said Vincent N. Mosesso, M.D., assistant professor of

    emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and

    medical director of the NCED. "Additionally, CPR and defibrillator training

    should be integrated into school curricula so students can promote a culture of

    bystander response," added Dr. Mosesso.

    "Our goal of this meeting is not to debate whether or not AEDs in schools

    are a good or bad idea. Instead, we want to meet with people who have

    successfully initiated school-site AED programs to see what has worked for them

    so we can formulate appropriate recommendations," said Mary Newman, executive

    director of NCED.

    An AED is a small portable device that analyzes heart rhythms and advises

    the operator, through computerized voice instructions, when to push a button to

    deliver a potentially lifesaving shock to a victim in cardiac arrest. They are

    safe, effective and easy to use. Most AEDs today are no bigger than a laptop

    computer and weigh less than 10 pounds. Many experts agree that if a victim can

    receive a shock within a few minutes of collapse, there is a much better chance

    for survival.

    Several parent advocates who launched successful school-site AED programs in

    memory of their children will attend the forum to share their personal stories.

    These parents represent Project Adam in Wisconsin, the Ken Heart Foundation in

    Ohio, the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation in New York and the Gregory

    Moyer Defibrillator Fund in Pennsylvania.

    In Pennsylvania, free AEDs were made available for schools through the

    Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 4 of 2001, which was signed by former

    Governor Tom Ridge, established a one-time AED program to assist schools with

    acquiring AEDs. As a result, each school district in Pennsylvania was offered

    two free AEDs and each intermediate unit and area vocational-technical school

    was offered one free AED. In addition, AEDs were made available to other school

    entities including non-public, private, charter and independent schools that met

    program requirements.

    The National Center for Early Defibrillation was established in January 2000

    by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's department of emergency

    medicine and its affiliated Center for Emergency Medicine of Western

    Pennsylvania. An independent, nonprofit resource and advocacy center dedicated

    to improving survival from sudden cardiac arrest, the NCED is the only national

    clearinghouse dedicated to providing comprehensive information on AEDs. NCED's

    mission is to foster optimal immediate care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest

    by providing leadership, expertise and information related to early

    defibrillation.

    More information about NCED is available at www.early-defib.org, or by

    calling toll free 1-866-AED-INFO.

    CONTACT: Maureen McGaffin

    Lisa Rossi

    PHONE: (412) 647-3555

    FAX: (412) 624-3184

    E-MAIL: [email protected]

    [email protected]

    SOURCE University of Pittsburgh

    CONTACT: Maureen McGaffin, [email protected] or Lisa Rossi, [email protected],

    both of the University of Pittsburgh, +1-412-647-3555 or fax: +1-412-624-3184

    URL: http://www.prnewswire.com

    LOAD-DATE: January 8, 2003

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    [Re: HEADLINE: Ways to Reduce Deaths in Schools ... Forum Jan. 15 in Florida]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 01-08-03 08:24

    I just called them.... to get the HCMA involved in the "cause"...I will keep you posted.

    Lisa
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.

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