As summer winds down and our kids head back to school, it’s a great time to remind our Members of Congress that we’re counting on them to move the Access to AEDs Act.
This bipartisan legislation would establish a grant program to help schools support CPR and AED training for students and staff, purchase necessary CPR and AED equipment, and develop cardiac emergency response plans- which improve sudden cardiac arrest survival rates by 50% or more.
More than 350,000 Americans experience a sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital each year, including between 7,000- 23,000 youth under the age of 18. That means somewhere between 19 and 63 young people a day are experiencing sudden cardiac arrest in the United States! It is the leading cause of death among student athletes.
When a bystander quickly begins CPR and uses a publicly available automated external defibrillator (AED), it can double or triple the chances of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest.
Like many of you, my two teenagers will spend the majority of their hours in school or on the school athletic field each day. It is vital that our schools have a plan to respond in a cardiac emergency, and the necessary training and equipment to save a life.
Thanks to advocate outreach- we continue to add cosponsors to this vital bill. We’ve added 5 new Members of Congress in the month of August! But we need even more folks to sign on and make this legislation a priority.
I know back-to-school checklists are already long, but please add this life-saving to-do: