Did you know that New Jersey public schools must have automated external defibrillators for youth athletic events by September 1, 2014? They must also have plans in place relating to sudden cardiac events.
Janet’s Law came about due to the death of Janet Zilinski. She was an 11 year old Cheerleader from Warren, NJ. An AED was not available when she went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Her family fought to raise awareness of the importance of a defibrillator on school grounds. You can read more about Janet’s story here. Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills between 7000-10,000 children per year and 90 percent of the time can be helped with the use of an external defibrillator or AED.
Bill A-1608 now requires Grades K-12 to create and facilitate an emergency action plan for responding to cardiac events children may face that an external defibrillator may be needed. No less than five members of each school’s faculty must complete and hold certification from the American Heart Association.
Care 1st Training group can help be certain that your school is compliant and help you put the required emergency action plan together. Our team can come to your school and teach CPR and AED to your faculty. Call us today so that together, we can be sure you meet the compliance requirements by September 1, 2014.
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Stacey Krout Minor, PhD(c), MSN, RN