Is Your School Prepared?

This article comes from the Seattle Times through the SCA foundation: Please read: A tragedy occurred in our community July 24th when Allen Harris, a student-athlete at Federal Way High School, suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during a preseason football workout. Harris was 16 when he died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes oversized and prone to abnormal rhythms. As a parent, I think the death of a child is unfathomably sad. This distressing event should make us all pause and review our schools’ policies to respond to life-threatening emergencies. Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes playing sports. It is associated wi

Autumn is a time of renewal

Yes, I know spring is traditionally a time of rebirth. It was for sure my rebirth, taking the time to recover from a triple bypass, regaining my strength and reassesing my life. But my message to everyone is get your health check up and get certified in CPR. Know how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and make sure you know where to find one should you ever need it. At work; where is it located? At the gym; do you know if they have one and where it is? At your child's school, where is it located and who is trained to use it? Certifications for CPR/First Aid and AED are good for two years. Check your card now...do you need to renew? Over the past few years many changes have tak

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