Katy ISD Offering Electrocardiogram (ECG) Screenings During UIL Physicals
Katy Independent School District (Katy ISD) is pleased to announce a significant advancement in student and staff healthcare after receiving 10 electrocardiogram (ECG) devices through a generous donation from AETNA that will be used for screenings during University Interscholastic League (UIL) physicals. This initiative reflects the district's commitment to ensure the well-being of its students and staff by leveraging state-of-the-art technology for proactive health monitoring with the availability of these devices.
Starting in February 2024, students participating in UIL physicals will have the option to undergo on-site ECG screenings for an additional $20 fee. This service is separate from the $30 cost associated with the standard physical examination. The optional ECG screenings are designed to provide valuable insights into the cardiac health of students, aiding in the early detection of potential issues.
Additionally, all Katy ISD health plan participants and their qualified dependents who are enrolled in the District’s Health Plan will have access to the ECG service as well.
"Leveraging cutting-edge technology, Katy ISD is taking a proactive approach to student and staff well-being with the introduction of ECG devices during UIL physicals. This initiative underscores our commitment to harness state-of-the-art tools for health monitoring, providing valuable insights into cardiac health for early detection,” said Lance Nauman, Director of Risk Management. “Starting February 2024, students opting for on-site ECG screenings, available for a $20 fee, and Katy ISD insured employees and their qualified dependents will benefit from this optional service," he added.
Members of the Stephens family attended today’s event at Legacy Stadium. The Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Memorial Foundation was founded in memory of Cody Stephens, who died from an undetected heart condition just weeks before graduation from Crosby High School. Texas House Bill 76 (Cody’s Law) was passed in the 2019 state legislature and gives parents in every school district the right to choose heart screening for their child.
The ECG screenings will be conducted on-site by Memorial Hermann doctors who will be assisted by Katy ISD nurses, providing a convenient and accessible opportunity for students and staff to receive this valuable health assessment. Parents and guardians are encouraged to accompany their child during UIL physicals and consider this optional service to gain a more comprehensive understanding of their child's cardiac health.
"We are excited to introduce this new layer of health screening for our student-athletes," said Lance Carter, Executive Director of Athletics. "The addition of on-site ECG screenings aligns with our ongoing commitment to prioritize the health and safety of our student-athletes. Early detection of cardiac irregularities can be crucial in preventing potential health risks, and we believe this initiative will contribute to the overall well-being of our students," he added.
Source: Katy ISD