Ask Congress to Help Save Lives at School

Did you know that between 7,000 and 23,000 children suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest each year? Unfortunately, only 1 in 10 people, children included, who suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest survive this tragic event.

While cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for student athletes, only 40% of cadiac arrests suffered by children occur while playing sports. When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, every minute counts. If someone nearby begins CPR and is able to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), until emergency medical personnel arrive it increases the chances of survival tremendously.

There is bipartisan legislation being considered in Congress that will improve the chain of survival in elementary and secondary schools by authorizing federal assistance to school districts for:

  • CPR and AED training of students, staff and sports coaches;
  • The purchase of AEDs and related equipment;
  • The development of cardiac emergency response plans (CERPs), which can help reduce death from cardiac arrest in school settings. 

Click here to ask Congress to support the HEARTS Act (H.R. 6829) and the Access to AEDs Act (S.1024)!

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