According to the Center for Disease Control, American Heart Association and other sources, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading killer in schools and children under the age of 18, resulting in the death of between 7,000 and 10,000 annually. It is the #1 killer in the United States, claiming up to 450,000 lives annually. One of the leading causes of SCA in healthy appearing children is they have an undetected heart abnormality. Only a shock from an Automated External Defibrillator or AED can correct this arrhythmia; chest compressions alone will not work. Incredibly, the chance of surviving is as high as 90% if a shock is applied from an AED, a portable lunch-box-size device, within the first 3-5 minutes, but the odds of a patient surviving decrease by 10% each minute thereafter. The average national 911 response time is currently 10-12 minutes. Early defibrillation or shock with an AED is the key to both survival and avoiding brain damage and or death in these patients. SCA is not age discriminatory.
Additionally, African Americans are twice at risk for cardiac arrest and twice as likely not to survive. It’s the number one killer in African American women. The most interesting thing about AEDs is that anyone can be easily trained to use them and they will not shock anyone by mistake. Non-profit organization, AED Alliance, in conjunction with Valdosta State University’s partnership, is finalizing the first benchmark survey measuring public awareness. Heather Murphy, Master of Social Work graduate student at VSU said, “I was compelled with the innovative concepts and aggressive goals of the AED Alliance and a partnership developed. There’s a huge public awareness disparity that AED Alliance is taking steps to overcome in order to get AEDs in schools and places where needed most.
I have been invited to present the survey results to the National Association of Social Workers conference in February”: Thus far:
● 84% do not know exactly what an AED is
● 91% do not know what SCA stands for
● 79% do not know what BLS stands for (Basic Life Support)
● 94% know what CPR stands for
● 89% had some college education or a degree, some post-graduate education or graduate degrees
● The age group with the highest percentage of respondents was 45-54
● 59.6% of respondents have some type of healthcare background.
● 51.6% of respondents think that drug abuse is the #1 killer of students under 18; 22.4% blame causes other than cardiac arrest.
● 82.3% feel all public schools should have AEDs; 13.3% were unsure; 4.4% feel they should not
● 81.1% feel a combination of state government, via funded or unfunded mandates, local school districts and individual schools should cover the cost.
● 19.9% feel the general public or private individuals should help cover the cost
“Future surveys need to reveal AED awareness equal to that of CPR by 2014, and is one of AED Alliance’s goals,” said Board member Dr. Christopher Snyder, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology Electrophysiology at Rainbow Babies/University Hospitals in Cleveland Ohio: Visit us at www.UHhospitals.org
Only 8% survive out-of-hospital SCA yet facilities with AED accessibility, report 74% resuscitation rates. “Having the chain-of-survival ingrained in society will result in saving 74% of lives currently lost each year. It will reverse the process of losing lives needlessly by turning tragedies into triumphs,” he continued.
For the complete survey and to help make greater AED accessibility by supporting the AED Alliance public “Borrow an AED” plan, visit: www.SHOCKtoLIFE.com
If, while you are shopping this holiday season, another shopper suddenly collapses in front of you, would you know what to do? Would your CPR lessons come back immediately — or would you call 911 and stand back in fear of doing something wrong?
Your answer could be the difference between life and death.
Dylan Weinmann, a promising basketball player at Linfield Christian School who was found dead in his room last weekend, will be honored at a memorial service Saturday.
Family members tried to rouse the 16-year-old sophomore for practice last Saturday morning, but he was unresponsive, Linfield Christian varsity basketball coach Shawn Stroud said.
My name is Kylee Shea and I am 12 years old. On September 26, 2011 I collapsed at school in the hallway on the way to gym class. I felt fine that morning, just like any other morning. I had no warning but feeling tired enough to want to sit down. That’s all I remember until the helicopter ride to the hospital.
I have an arrhythmia. It caused my heart to go into a nasty pattern which then made it stop. I don’t know what caused my arrhythmia. The doctors don’t even know yet.
But here is what I DO know:
- My coaches used an AED to save my life. The doctors said my heart needed to be shocked and CPR alone would not have been enough.
- I DO know that Texas has a law that requires AEDs to be in all schools and I thank God for it.
- I DO know that if I had been at a place where there was not an AED at the time this happened, I would not have survived.
This can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Your son, daughter, sister, brother, parents….the list goes on. I learned that recently that it’s a miracle that I am alive to tell you about it.
What does this say to me?
It says AEDs and properly trained people need to be in schools and public places nationwide. If that is what it says to me (may I remind you I’m 12), what does it say to you?
Please visit our website www.aedpetitionnow.com and sign up. Any size donation adds up to saving lives!
LETS DO IT!
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the number 1 killer in America, claiming up to 450,000 deaths annually. Approximately 7,000 to 10,000 are our children. Many people are unaware of this and the fact that automated external defibrillators (AED) increase the chance of surviving SCA as high as 90%.
Recent news reports claim two political candidates quickly raised 104 million in campaign contributions. That’s equal to 2,080 AEDS per STATE (104,000 AEDs divided by 50) and more than enough to have at least ONE in every public school!
According to the federal National Center for Educational Statistics, there are 98,817 public schools in the United States as of 2009-2010.
Consider not only the money, but the time we spend learning about politicians and political analysis on a daily basis, not to mention the vast news coverage this gets.
One would hope that, upon becoming aware about SCA/AED, people would be compelled to share some of their campaign donations with a proactive life saving mission. Political campaigns are seasonal, but SCA is ongoing 24/7. Your candidate may not even win, yet there is up to a 90% chance your life will be saved if an AED is present. This way, people would have a second chance to make political contributions and make it to the polls. Many would even be afforded a chance to be a first time voter. In less time than it takes listening to a political analyst, people can have their hearts analyzed by an AED and afforded another day to watch the news.
This is why proactive ideologies from all aspects of the Internet, media, social media and grassroots fronts are vital. Part of the Alliance’s urgent mission is, “ With your help, we can get at least one AED in every public school by 2014.!”
Former Steeler UDFA Brett Greenwood Collapses After Workoutby Neal Coolong on Sep 10, 2011 7:07 AM EDT
Former Steelers undrafted free agent S Brett Greenwood was hospitalized Friday in Iowa City, Iowa, after collapsing during a workout in Bettendorf, Iowa. The Quad City Times reported Greenwood suffered an apparent heart attack, as described by a first-hand witness to the incident. Star-divide Greenwood, who was released by the Steelers in part of their final roster cuts, was at his high school alma mater, Pleasant Valley, in Bettendorf, Iowa Friday before a game between Pleasant Valley and Davenport West. Greenwood was working out on the school’s practice field when he suddenly collapsed. He was transferred immediately to Trinity Bettendorf Hospital, and later, University Hospital in Iowa City. Team Trainer Jason Viel made the comment, “his heart stopped,” and he administered one charge from a local defibrillator to restore his pulse. This is probably a bit more editorializing than I’d care to have in a story of this nature, but the value of local schools owning Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) is beyond measure. Every year, we read stories of well-conditioned athletes collapsing on the fields of competition, and the difference between their survival and death always seems to be linked to the presence of a defibrillator. Greenwood is an elite-level athlete, just four days from his 24th birthday. As someone involved with high school sports, we made it a priority to own one, and I’d strongly encourage any person or organization with an interest in high school or community sports to get involved if an AED is not present.
It may have saved Brett Greenwood’s life. Martha Lopez-AndersonChair, Board of Directorstel: 800-717-5828 ext. 3 | fax: 888-669-4924 cel: 407-399-1039
Boy dies after collapsing while playing footballPosted on Tuesday, 09.06.11The Associated Press HOLLYWOOD, Fla. —
Officials say a 7-year-old boy collapsed while playing football with his father. He died later at a Hollywood hospital. Hollywood police say the boy was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition just after noon on Monday. Lt. Norris Redding says the boy was not breathing when rescue crews arrived. The South Florida Sun Sentinel ( http://sunsent.nl/rtTaTK) reports the child complained of feeling faint while playing football with his father. The father gave the child some Gatorade and the pair continued playing. Redding says the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of the child’s death.
Doctors Blame Young Man’s Sudden Death on Electrical Misfire in HeartUpdated: Tuesday, 06 Sep 2011, 9:18 PM EDTPublished : Tuesday, 06 Sep 2011, 9:15 PM EDTBy LINDA SCHMIDT MYFOXNY.COM –
Robert Throo, 23, grew up on Long Island, attended college in Virginia and was a star athlete. Over the weekend, Robert suddenly collapsed in an elevator in a hotel in Manhattan and died. Now Joanne and Fred Throo and their daughters are dealing with the unimaginable — the death of their son and brother. Robert, a James Madison University graduate, was in town to visit family and also attend a surfing competition in Long Beach, N.Y. Doctors at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center told the Throo family that an electrical misfire in Robert’s heart caused his death. But his parents say he was an all-around athlete — a baseball star at East Islip High School — and never had a heart condition.