CALDWELL/ESSEX FELLS, NJ – “Janet’s Law,” which addresses sudden cardiac events at schools, is new legislation that will be implemented as of Sept. 1 in all New Jersey public and private schools.
Linda Stanton, marketing director of MCRC Physical Therapy in Fairfield, president of Safe Sports Training Consultants, LLC and a consultant to the Sports Concussion Center of NJ, was the featured speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex, where she explained the act involving sudden cardiac events at schools.
“Starting September 1, 2014 all New Jersey public and private schools K thru 12 are required to have Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) on site in close proximity to the school and athletic fields, the appropriate amount of staff trained in CPR /AED and an emergency action plan in place,” Stanton said.
These requirements have been placed into New Jersey law as a result of a family’s campaign to local communities and politicians ensuring a safer environment for athletes after their daughter, Janet Zilinski, lost her life to sudden cardiac arrest, according to http://janetzilinski.org/.
According to Stanton and resources provided at www.americanredcross.org , time is critical when concerning sudden cardiac arrest. For every minute the use of an AED is delayed, the survival rate decreases by 10 percent. Having an AED available with trained individuals to perform CPR / AED can dramatically increase an individual’s survival rate.