scaAccording to the American Heart Association, Emergency Medical Services providers in the U.S. assess 9,500 Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) cases involving youth under the age of 18 each year.

A two year study on the outcome of SCA in America’s high schools by Dr. Jonathan Drezner, University of Washington, formed the following conclusions:

1)      SCA is the leading cause of death in the US and the leading cause of death in exercising young athletes.

2)      Schools house a large concentration of people which elevates the likelihood of an SCA incident.

3)      School-based Automated External Defibrillator (AED) programs represent an important public safety measure and are necessary to prevent sudden cardiac death during sports.

4)      High school AED programs demonstrate a high survival rate for students and adults who suffer on-campus SCA.

In partnership with Philips Healthcare, the world’s leading provider of AEDs, One Beat CPR + AED has developed a comprehensive program to implement AED training, placement, management, and emergency action plans for each school in the state of Washington.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone, any place, at any time. Educating every superintendent, principal, teacher, and coach is essential when preparing an emergency action plan. Schools cannot rely solely on the nurse or athletic trainer to be the first responder — all the faculty and staff need to know how to perform CPR and use an AED.

To find out how your PTA can help or to learn more about the One Beat CPR + AED Washington School’s SCA Save Program, please contact Jeff Petak at 954.257.8311 or by email at

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