Ferris High School receives defibrillator from St. Jude Medical
By 09/27/2007 00:00:00
Special to The Ellis County Press
AUSTIN - St. Jude Medical, Inc. today announced the donation of automated external defibrillators to Ferris High School, one of 48 Texas high schools to receive the device.
A recently passed Texas state law and a rule by the Texas University Interscholastic League require Texas high schools to have at least one AED on school property.
'St. Jude Medical is pleased to provide a life-saving device that could be needed in the future, while also helping Texas schools comply with this new mandate,' said Michael T. Rousseau, president of St. Jude Medical's U.S. Division based in Austin.
Each year an estimated 325,000 people in the United States die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Nearly half of those people showed no prior signs of heart disease. While the incidence of SCA among high school athletes is unknown, it is estimated 2 to 10 percent of all SCA occurs in people under age 35.
SCA occurs when the lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles) suddenly stop beating normally and develop ventricular fibrillation, a very fast, chaotic heart rate.
When the ventricles fibrillate, they do not contract normally, so they cannot effectively pump blood. In VF, blood no longer reaches the body, resulting in sudden cardiac arrest. If the arrhythmia is not corrected immediately via a shock from an AED or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, death will follow within minutes.
'With the budget constraints that our schools are under and the newly passed mandates regarding AEDs, we are pleased that St. Jude Medical has come forward to help supply our UIL member schools with the tools to protect their students,' said UIL Assistant Director and Director of Athletics Charles Breithaupt, Ph.D.
'We applaud the efforts of St. Jude Medical in this great undertaking, and are appreciative that they have included the UIL in this effort.'
About St. Jude Medical
St. Jude Medical is dedicated to making life better for cardiac, neurological and chronic pain patients worldwide through excellence in medical device technology and services.
For more info, visit: www.sjm.com.