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Diegnan, Lampitt, Egan & Quijano Bill to Monitor & Prevent Cardiac Tragedies in Children Now Law
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., Pamela Lampitt, Joseph Egan and Annette Quijano to monitor cardiac tragedies in children in order to help prevent future tragedies has been signed into law.
"Too many children have been taken from us far too soon because of sudden and undetected cardiac conditions," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex), who was a sponsor of Janet's Law, which was enacted last year to require all New Jersey schools to have automated external defibrillators. "By providing schools and communities throughout New Jersey with this information, we can help improve the survival rates of children who experience sudden cardiac events."
The law (A-3047/S-1911), named the "Children's Sudden Cardiac Events Reporting Act," requires the reporting of children's sudden cardiac events and establishes a statewide database as a repository for the information. Under the law, "sudden cardiac event" is defined as a death or aborted death due to a cardiac arrhythmia resulting in loss of consciousness requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation, defibrillation, or other advanced life support measures to regain normal heart function.
"Sudden cardiac arrest is far more common in children than one might think and we've seen our fair share of tragedies in New Jersey in recent years," said Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington). "The collection and documentation of this data is essential for policymakers and health care professionals to determine the most effective way to allocate personnel, training, equipment, and resources to save the greatest number of lives."
"From a public health perspective, these measures are necessary to improve the efforts of schools, families, policymakers, and health care professionals," said Egan (D-Middlesex/Somerset). "Ultimately our goal is to help prevent sudden cardiac events in children and boost survival rates."
"Roughly 7,000 children fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest in this country each year," said Quijano (D-Union). "For the families they left behind, there may never be enough we can do to get a better grasp on this silent killer, but requiring defibrillators in schools, like we've done, and boosting our efforts to monitor this disease is a good starting point."
Specifically, the law stipulates that:
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