On April 14, 2011, Simon’s Fund visited twelve lawmakers in Harrisburg to pitch the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act. Fortunately, Representative Mike Vereb was among those lawmakers. He introduced the law in June, 2011. On May 30, 2012, Governor Tom Corbett signed the law making Pennsylvania the first state in the country to protect students from sudden cardiac arrest.
Following the passage of Act 59, Simon’s Fund has been working with other organizations and lawmakers. To see track our progress, visit our Legislative Map.
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act has three primary components:
(1) Parents of student athletes in the public school system must review and sign an information sheet about the warning signs and conditions of sudden cardiac arrest.
(2) Coaches must take an annual online training course about sudden cardiac arrest.
(3) Coaches must remove a player from competition that exhibit symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest, and the player may not return until cleared by a licensed medical professional.
This law is the best way to raise awareness about the risk and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest. It also promotes discussions around heart screenings, CPR and AEDs.
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