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Dominic Murray Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act

July 20, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Dominic Murray Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act  is a new law as of July 1, 2022. This law requires schools, students, and parents/guardians have information on sudden cardiac arrest risks, signs, and symptoms.  Please note that sudden cardiac arrest in children and youth is rare. The incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) on the playing field is 0.61 in 100,000.1

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is an emergency that happens when the heart suddenly stops working. SCA can cause death if not treated immediately, and even with treatment death may occur. Immediate treatment is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED).  All public schools must have a staff member trained in the use of CPR and AED in school and at all school athletic events.

Preventing SCA before it happens is the best way to save a life. Both your family health history and your child’s personal history must be told to healthcare providers to help them know if your child is at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.  Ask your child if they are having any of the symptoms listed below and tell a healthcare provider. Know your family history and tell a healthcare provider of any risk factors listed below. 

The signs or symptoms are:

  • Fainting or seizure, especially during or right after exercise or with excitement or startled

  • Racing heart, palpitations, or irregular heartbeat

  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or extreme fatigue with exercise

  • Chest pain or discomfort with exercise

  • Excessive shortness of breath during exercise

  • Excessive, unexpected fatigue during or after exercise

Student’s Personal Risk Factors are:

  • Use of diet pills, performance-enhancing supplements, energy drinks, or drugs such as cocaine, inhalants, or “recreational” drugs.

  • Elevated blood pressure or cholesterol 

  • History of health care provider ordered test(s) for heart related issues

Student’s Family History Risk Factors are:

  • Family history of known heart abnormalities or sudden death before 50 years of age

  • Family members with unexplained fainting, seizures, drowning, near drowning or car accidents before 50 years of age

  • Structural heart abnormality, repaired or unrepaired

  • Any relative diagnosed with the following conditions:

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact me at jferrara@delhischools.org.

Sincerely, 
Jeffery Ferrara
Athletic Director

2021-'22 Delaware Academy Coaching Staff   

Girls Varsity Basketball: Todd Bruce  |Tbruce@delhischools.org

Girls JV Basketball: Connor Broesler |Cbroesler@delhichools.org

Girls Modified Basketball: TBD

Boys Varsity Basketball: Warren Kelly |Wkelly@delhischools.org

Boys JV Basketball: David Kelly |Dkelly@delhischools.org

Boys Modified Basketball: William Mokay |Mokayw@gmail.com

Varsity Indoor Track and Field: Terry Legg |Tlegg@delhischools.org

Wrestling: Jon Pecori |Jpecori@delhischools.org

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