The Texas Arrhythmia Institute, a
non-profit foundation dedicated to the prevention and treatment of cardiac
arrhythmias, has become increasingly interested in several initiatives that
could educate and enrich our community.
victim of a sudden cardiac arrest has a 50 to75 % chance of being resuscitated
if a shock is administered to the heart within 5 minutes of collapsing, before
the lack of circulation begins causing irreversible damage to the most vital
organs. The chance of a patient surviving a cardiac arrest decreases by about
10% per minute after collapse and it is minimal after 10 minutes. Therefore,
immediate intervention is essential
In 2006, following
a series of sudden deaths in young athletes, the foundation donated
almost 400 AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) to every school in the Houston
and Spring Branch districts and to Rice University and to several private
schools in the area. As part of this gift, they also distributed training
vouchers, so that key personnel in the schools could receive instructions on
the use and maintenance of the AEDs.
In 2007, as the Institute began following up
on the results of their donation, they learned that awareness of the presence
and location of these devices on school ground was inadequate and, presumably,
so was the training.
The Houston Texans, American Red Cross, Texas Arrhythmia Institute and
Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center have joined forces to
offer this training day to the Houston community.
Click here to access the registration form and register now for this important training session. Remember only 500 individuals for each session and you must be pre-registered.