Washington, DC, December 30, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- Today, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association sent a letter to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney urging him to sign into law a bill requiring automatic external defibrillator (AED) devices in health clubs.
“Governor Romney, please take action to make AEDs more widely available so that more Massachusetts citizens will survive sudden cardiac arrest,” urged Richard Brown, chairman of the board, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA).
Today, too few people survive sudden cardiac arrest. Every 2 minutes, sudden cardiac arrest takes a life in the United States. Every single day, nearly 1,000 individuals die from sudden cardiac arrest. The current national average survival rate is only about 6 percent. Greater availability and use of AEDs can save many more lives.
“The lives of many of the members of our association, including my own, were saved by the quick actions of bystanders and emergency response professionals to administer CPR and to use an AED. I suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on November 9, 2001 during my daily workout at a Washington, DC health club. If the health club had not had an AED, it is unlikely that I would have survived,” stated Mr. Brown.
Two of the SCAA’s board members reside in Massachusetts and have been active in supporting this legislation and other efforts to increase the availability of AEDs and to train students and adults in CPR and AED use. Bob Schriever, of North Attleboro, suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on September 14, 2002 while officiating a high school football game. He was revived on the playing field by an AED that was available onsite. Christy Stone, of Boston, has become a champion of AED availability and training since her young husband suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and died on an airplane that did not have an AED.
Diane Canova, Executive Director
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association
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