Thursday, March 22, 2012

Saving the Lives of College Athletes

I am working on a story about Connecticut requiring colleges to ensure there are automated external defibrillators at all athletic facilities. Do you think this is a good idea? Please let me know by commenting here or email me at bmccready@nhregister.com

Michele Ciancola told lawmakers her son, Joseph Ciancola, a 20-year-old baseball player from Orange, who collapsed and later died after performing a workout on a University of Rhode Island athletic field, may still be alive if the college had an automated external defibrillator, or AED.
Ciancola addressed members of the General Assembly’s Public Health Committee this week in support of state Sen. Gayle Slossberg’s bill mandating AED in athletic facilities at college campuses. The life-saving device would be readily available at all athletic events.
The proposed language also mandates that athletic trainers get trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an AED in accordance with standards set by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.

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