Automated External Defibrillator Availability and Access: The Texas Medical Association 1) will work with local emergency medical services agencies and county medical societies to study how to optimize the location and number of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the community. An emphasis should be placed on the importance of screening for risk factors for sudden cardiac arrest and the appropriate history and physical health of student athletes as well as the causes of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA); 2) encourages the use of a registry such as the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the rates of SCA survivorship and to develop a strategy for improvements in Texas. With information from a state registry of AED placement, TMA encourages the development of applications for smartphones for all localities to readily identify the location of the nearest AED; 3) encourages training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or chest-compression-only CPR for all worksites and public schools. TMA should promote the public’s use of the high quality videos providing training on CPR and the use of AEDs through public service announcements and in coordination with county medical societies. TMA’s strategy to support improved public response to SCA calls for promoting three steps when an individual recognizes a SCA event: a) call 9-1-1, b) start CPR or chest-compression-only CPR, and c) get help in locating the nearest AED if one is not readily available; and 4) recognizes that only the prevention of heart disease, the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest, will reduce the incidence of these events. Physicians are encouraged to maximize the use of screening tools for heart disease and stress the need for patients to be aware of their family history and encourage them to determine their own risk and aid them in adopting individual strategies for the prevention of heart disease (Amended CSPH Rep. 2-A-13).
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October 07, 2016