October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness (SCA) Month, which is the perfect time to raise awareness for SCA and the importance of people becoming more familiar with the signs and symptoms of SCA.
With more than 200,000 students who participate in extracurricular sports in Massachusetts, we have an obligation to make sure that our coaches are required to know CPR so they can save our student athletes lives in a medical emergency. With your help we can make this happen.
Send a message to your legislator today! http://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=30555
The incidence of sudden cardiac death in athletes, including high school, is at least 1 in 40,000. We also know that unfortunately CPR is done only 30% of the time. Time-to-treatment is critical when considering the chance of survival for an SCA victim.
1. Know the signs of SCA in order to react quickly. SCA strikes immediately and without warning. Victims will fall to the ground/collapse, become unresponsive, and will not breathe normally, if at all
2. Call 911 as soon as possible
3. Start Hands Only-CPR as quickly as possible. Bystanders should provide high-quality chest compressions by pushing hard and fast (approximately 100 beats per minute) in the middle of the victim’s chest, with minimal interruptions.
4. Use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) if one is available on site