Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Free Cardiac Screenings at Chief Sealth High School

From the district:

As part of its commitment to making our schools and community safer, Seattle Public Schools is partnering a second time with the Nick of Time Foundation to host free youth heart screenings on Wednesday, August 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Chief Sealth International High School. All students age 14-24 are eligible for a screening, regardless of enrollment status.

According to the American Heart Association, one in every 350 young people has an undetected heart condition. The best way to detect these conditions is through a heart screening using an ECG (electrical test) and Echocardiograms (ultrasound) of the heart. The test is painless and takes about 25 minutes. Athletes especially are encouraged to sign up for a cardiac screening.

Those interested can download forms at www.nickoftimefoundation.org.

To pre-register your child for a screening, email appt@nickoftimefoundation.org. Please include the following information:
·         Child’s full name (first, last)
·         Age/Date of Birth
·         Parent’s name, email address and contact phone number
·      Where the child attends school
·         Preferred (first and second choice) appointment time

Last year, the Seattle School Board voted unanimously to update the District emergency management plan to include a public access automated external defibrillator (AED) program. Seattle Public Schools collaborated with the Heart of Seattle Schools, a non-profit organization that includes the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders, local hospitals, the American Heart Association, Nick of Time Foundation and other school community partners, to develop a plan for implementing this program. Starting in the fall, SPS will begin placing AEDs in schools with the ultimate goal of having an AED in every school and ensuring that staff members are trained to use them if necessary.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is great news ! I have been a volunteer coach and a couple years ago I asked where the AED defibrillators in the schools were. I was suprised that they didn't have them when I was required to be trained in CPR with no access to one in the school.

Public School Parent

Melissa Westbrook said...

They have been working this for a couple of years so it's hard work brought to a good cause.

Brian said...

one in every 350 young people has an undetected heart condition. Hence, it is advisable to get a heart screeing test or a cardiac test done.