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    Heart Disease Weekly

    February 2, 2003


    LENGTH: 537 words

    HEADLINE: CARDIAC ARREST: Ways to reduce death in schools focus of
    defibrillation forum


    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 hosted an issues forum, "Automated External
    Defibrillators (AEDs) in the Schools," January 15, 2003, in Panama City Beach,

    The statistics are alarming. According to research reported in a 1996 issue
    of Circulation, it is estimated that 1 out of every 100,000-300,000 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.

    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 convened to discuss ideas on how to start defibrillator programs
    for schools. Other topics on the agenda included laws and liability issues,
    pre-participation screenings for teen athletes, funding for school-site AED
    programs, program implementation, training and data collection.

    The forum took 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, MD, 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 Mosesso.

    The goal of the meeting was not to debate whether or not AEDs in schools are
    a good or bad idea, said Mary Newman, executive director of NCED. Instead, it
    was a forum for people who have successfully initiated school-site AED programs
    to see what has worked for them.

    Several parent advocates who launched successful school-site AED programs in
    memory of their children attended 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.

    This article was prepared by Heart Disease Weekly editors from staff and
    other reports.
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

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    AED's in Schools

    Lisa, I'm interested in improving access to defibs at my daughter's school. How can I get a copy of this full article?


    • #3
      Re: AED's in Schools

      Originally posted by Bob Sexton
      Lisa, I'm interested in improving access to defibs at my daughter's school. How can I get a copy of this full article?
      You might try contacting National Center for Early Defibrillation (NCED) directly for more information on this event. HERE is a link to their press release.
      Thanks, Tim
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