Legislators Advance Effort To Protect Student Athletes

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TRENTON – The state Senate Education Committee advanced an initiative to create awareness of cardiac illness in student-athletes on Monday.

The measure (SR-75/AR-84), would urge all boards of education in New Jersey to take precautionary measures to protect students and staff from sudden cardiac death through:

  • The installation of an automated external defibrillator in every school;
  • The training of staff on the appropriate use of defibrillators;
  • The development of an emergency action response plan for each school that addresses the appropriate use of school staff in responding to cardiac arrest and similar health crises on school grounds; and
  • The implementation of a CPR training program for all students and staff.

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