AB 1639 (Maienschein) would require the State Department of Education to develop guidelines and publish information on sudden cardiac arrest symptoms and warning signs, as well as regulate school academic programs with regards to sudden cardiac arrest.
AAP Positional Letter
August 29, 2016
The Honorable Jerry Brown
Governor of California
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: AB 1639 (Maienschein) Pupil health: The Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act
AAP-CA Position: Support
Dear Governor Brown:
The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA) representing 5,000 California pediatricians strongly supports AB 1639 (Maienschein). This bill would create the Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act and would require the State Department of Education to develop guidelines and publish information on sudden cardiac arrest symptoms and warning signs, as well as add regulation to school athletics programs regarding sudden cardiac arrest.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement Pediatric Sudden Cardiac Arrest:
“Pediatric sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which can cause sudden cardiac death if not treated within minutes, has a profound effect on everyone: children, parents, family members, communities, and health care providers. Preventing the tragedy of pediatric SCA, defined as the abrupt and unexpected loss of heart function, remains a concern to all… The published outcomes for out-of-hospital pediatric cardiac arrest are dismal; survival to hospital discharge occurs in approximately <10% of children… Poor outcomes may be related to prolonged periods of no cardiac output, in part because many out-of-hospital arrests are unwitnessed, and only approximately 30% of children received bystander CPR (note also that bystander CPR more than doubles patient survival rates)…The average school-aged child spends 28% of the day and 14% of his or her total annual hours in school… Key components for a comprehensive school-preparedness program include education and all-staff awareness, knowledge and application of effective bystander CPR techniques, implementation of a lay-rescuer AED program, and written emergency action plans.”
Pediatricians respectfully urge you to sign AB 1639, a reasonable measure to support California schools in preventing and addressing sudden cardiac arrest in their students. Thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and well-being of children, youth, and families in California.
Zoey Goore, M.D.
Senior Policy Analyst
American Academy of Pediatrics, California
CC: Stuart Cohen, AAP-CA Chair; Lydia Bourne, AAP-CA Legislative Advocate; AAP-CA Leadership