PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By Chris Donnelly | August 19th, 2013 - 3:42pm
| More

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Fred Madden (D – Gloucester, Camden) that would require the reporting of children’s sudden cardiac events and establish a statewide database to keep track of such information was signed into law today.

“Collecting data about sudden cardiac events is the next step in our ongoing fight to raise awareness about the dangers and warning signs of cardiac arrest,” said Senator Madden. “With thousands of young people dying from cardiac conditions each year, we can no longer wait to combat this medical epidemic. A centralized registry of this information will allow us to make better and smarter decisions concerning our children’s health.”

The legislation, S-1911/A-3047, also known as the “Children’s Sudden Cardiac Events Reporting Act,” requires a health care professional who makes the diagnosis of a sudden cardiac event in a child under 19 years old or who makes the actual determination and pronouncement of the death of a child, as applicable, to report the event to the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). Further, the law establishes the Children’s Sudden Cardiac Events Registry in DHSS. The registry will include a record of all sudden cardiac events reported and any other information that DHSS deems relevant and appropriate.

The legislation also directs Commissioner of Health and Senior Services to establish an eleven-member Children’s Sudden Cardiac Events Review Board in the DHSS to review and evaluate the information collected in the registry. The board is authorized to study any other relevant data that may supplement the reported information. Under the law, the board will be comprised of the Commissioners of Health and Senior Services, Children and Families, and Education, or their designees, and eight appointed members of the public representing various health and advocacy groups.

“Establishing a task force to examine issues related to cardiac conditions in children was a promising first step, but we also have a duty to carry out their recommendations through actual policy and legislation,” said Senator Madden. “The task force’s findings offer great insight into ways that we can improve the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of sudden cardiac events. This bill is one way that we can make these recommendations a reality and prevent the tragic death of young people at risk.”

In 2009, the Legislature responded to concern over a growing number of sudden deaths in student athletes by passing Senator Madden’s legislation establishing the task force. The task force was given the responsibility of studying, evaluating and developing recommendations relating to specific actionable measures to enhance screening of student athletes for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and other life-threatening cardiac conditions.

The measure is just one of a series of bills sponsored by Senator Madden that were inspired by recommendations made by the New Jersey Student Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force, which officially issued its report in April 2012 on how to prevent sudden cardiac death in student athletes between the ages of 12 and 19.

Additional legislation he has sponsored include: S1912, which would update the pre-participation history and physical examination form and ensure all healthcare professionals who conduct pre-participation histories and physical examinations of student athletes are properly licensed; and S2461, which would expand medical examinations for all children to include questions evaluating the child’s cardiovascular disease risk.

 

The General Assembly approved the legislation in June with a vote of 75-0. It unanimously cleared the full Senate last October. The law goes into effect seventh months following the date of enactment.

Contact Info: 

Chris Donnelly

New Jersey Senate Democratic Office

609-847-3700

www.njsendems.com

The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

Op-Ed

Paterson can flourish with a second chance

By ASLON GOOW, SR. I have spent the past three decades raising a family, building a business, and working to improve our Paterson communities.  I am proud of those accomplishments.  In 2002, I spoke at an expungement... Read More >

Contributors

(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match,... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

- PolitickerNJ.com

Poll

Which is the most competitive of these May 13th elections?:

Resources

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources