Warriors forward Ronny Turiaf donates AEDs and training to Oakland-area groups
Golden State Warriors forward and heart-surgery survivor Ronny Turiaf is donating Powerheart automated external defibrillators (AEDs), along with AED and CPR training, to five Oakland area organizations. Each group will receive:
• a Powerheart AED G3
• Cardiac Science CPR/AED training for 10 staff members
• American Heart Association CPR training for 30 students
Turiaf, 27, was diagnosed with a heart problem in his rookie season in the NBA. In 2005 he underwent open-heart surgery to repair an enlarged aortic root, and was able to return to playing less than six months later.
“As someone who has been affected directly by a heart health issue, it is important for me to assist others in their efforts to prepare for a heart trauma incident,” Turiaf said in announcing the donation through the Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation. The foundation’s goal is to raise money to provide health services, including EKG’s, heart surgeries and defibrillators, to children and schools in need.
Schools and programs selected to receive the AEDs and training are El Cerrito High School, Calvary Christian School (El Sobrante), De La Salle High School (Concord) and Life Academy High School (Oakland). Three of the schools — El Cerrito, Calvary Christian and De La Salle — have dealt with heart trauma emergencies in the past year.
Sudden cardiac arrest survivor Kaitlin Forbes on LIVESTRONG.COM
Five years ago, Kaitlin Forbes collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest while playing softball at her high school. Her PE teacher used the school’s new Powerheart AED to revive her.
Now Kaitlin is an American Heart Association Heart Hero, and helped found the Heart Safe Club in hometown of Rhinebeck, New York. Kaitlin was interviewed for this sudden cardiac arrest article on the Livestrong.com website and will be part of an upcoming video on the website.
Cardiovascular Business News calls on hospital CEOs to promote community AED programs
Hospital industry leaders understand the value of automated external defibrillators in their own facilities, but should be doing more to promote AEDs in their communities, according to this recent article in Cardiovascular Business News.
Numerous research studies document the effective use of AEDs by people without medical backgrounds. The studies found that AEDs are being successfully used by casino security guards, airline attendants, and even untrained bystanders.
The story pointed to a a program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, which has installed 20 AEDs in public places in the community, including places of worship and senior centers. Cardiac Science is one of the AED manufacturer’s partnering with the hospital.
“If more than seven minutes elapse from the time of arrest until a responder is on the scene, there is a good chance the victim won’t survive, at least neurologically intact,” said Ranjit Suri, MD, director of electro physiology at Lenox Hill. “Calling 911 is not enough.”
School AEDs: Lions Club donates 9 AEDs
The Watertown, Massachusetts, Lions Club, has donated nine defibrillators to the local schools, including the Watertown public schools, St. John the Evangelist School and St. Mary Magdalen School.
The club put together the project in response to the new Massachusetts school AED law. Public Act 09-94 requires local or regional boards of education to have an automatic external defibrillator and school staff trained in its use and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation at each school in its jurisdiction.
The donations were funded by a $4,500 grant from the Watertown Foundation and $3,000 from the Harvest Cruze 2009 car show. In addition, efibrillators were donated by Ryan Gomes and Hoops for Heart Health and by the Gregory W. Moyer Defibrillator Fund.