PRIOR PRINTER'S NO. 1145
PRINTER'S NO. 1265
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
836
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY REGAN, PHILLIPS-HILL, MARTIN, YAW, PITTMAN,
COLLETT, KILLION, TARTAGLIONE, FOLMER, BREWSTER, YUDICHAK,
BARTOLOTTA AND L. WILLIAMS, AUGUST 26, 2019
SENATOR LANGERHOLC, EDUCATION, AS AMENDED, OCTOBER 21, 2019
AN ACT
Amending the act of May 30, 2012 (P.L.574, No.59), entitled "An
act establishing standards for preventing sudden cardiac
arrest and death in student athletes; assigning duties to the
Department of Health and the Department of Education; and
imposing penalties," further providing for sudden cardiac
arrest.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 3 heading, (a) and (b) of the act of May
30, 2012 (P.L.574, No.59), known as the Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Prevention Act, are amended to read:
Section 3. Sudden cardiac arrest and electrocardiogram testing.
(a) Educational materials.--
(1) The department and the Department of Education shall
develop and post on their publicly accessible Internet
websites guidelines and other relevant materials to inform
and educate students participating in or desiring to
participate in an athletic activity, their parents and their
coaches about [the]:
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(i) The nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac
arrest, including the risks associated with continuing to
play or practice after experiencing one or more symptoms
of sudden cardiac arrest, including fainting, difficulty
breathing, chest pains, dizziness and abnormal racing
heart rate.
(ii) Information about electrocardiogram testing.
(iii) The option to request , FROM THE FAMILY'S
MEDICAL PROVIDER, the administration of an
electrocardiogram, in addition to the comprehensive
initial preparticipation physical examination , AT A COST
TO BE INCURRED BY THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN .
(2) In developing the guidelines and materials, the
department and the Department of Education may utilize
existing materials developed by organizations such as Parent
Heart Watch and Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes.
(3) A student participating in or desiring to
participate in an athletic activity and the student's parent
or guardian shall, each school year and prior to
participation by the student in an athletic activity, sign
and return to the student's school an acknowledgment of
receipt and review of a sudden cardiac arrest symptoms and
warning signs information sheet that includes information
about electrocardiogram testing developed under this
subsection.
(b) Informational meeting.--A school entity may hold an
informational meeting prior to the start of each athletic season
for all ages of competitors regarding the symptoms and warning
signs of sudden cardiac arrest and information about
electrocardiogram testing. In addition to students, parents,
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coaches and other school officials, informational meetings may
include physicians, pediatric cardiologists and athletic
trainers.
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Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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