Tag Archives: AED

South Carolina State Basketball Player Saved by AED

By Doyice Cotten

This is not the first time that automated external defibrillators (AED’s) have been discussed in this column. But once again a life has been saved by their use. South Carolina State was playing North Carolina State in basketball when Ty Solomon, a SCS senior collapsed on the sideline.

He had played almost four minutes and was rotated out. While resting on the bench he was talking with a teammate, collapsed unconscious, stopped breathing,

CPR and AED Trained Athletic Trainers Save Two Collapsed Athletes

By Doyice Cotten

Are you prepared for an emergency at your sport, recreation or fitness facility? If a participant collapses during a workout and has no heartbeat, does someone at your facility know what to do? Do you have personnel trained in CPR? Do you have an AED on hand? And someone who in trained to use it? These are all important questions for management at sport, recreation, and fitness facilities. None of us want to stand by and watch someone die who could have been saved!

Law Requires AEDs in Massachusetts Schools: What About Your State?

By Doyice Cotten

On January 13, 2017, the Governor of Massachusetts signed into law Bill S.2449 mandating automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Massachusetts schools. The law provides that AEDs be in all public schools in the state and that at least one staff member be trained in its use. An AED also must be available for use at any school-sponsored athletic event.

This life saving action has been a long time in coming. The legislation was first introduced ten years ago,

AED – A Happy Ending or Another Tragedy?

By Doyice Cotten

“The Davis School District and local school administrators have acted upon the recommendations of our department to place (defibrillators) within this school. The heroic efforts of a well-trained staff and a good maintenance program in keeping the batteries ready to go in this (defibrillator) clearly made a difference here today.”

Layton Fire Department spokesman Doug Bitton


According to Deseretnews.com, 17 year-old Connor Moss is alive today thanks to two women who knew what to do in an emergency and the availability of a defibrillator.

Why You Need an AED — NOW!!!

By Doyice Cotten

Two recent events accentuated the importance of an AED for your sports event or facility. The events involving young soccer players illustrate similar incidents, different preparation for emergencies, and different results — one player lives and another dies.

A young English Premier League soccer player, Fabrice Muamba, suffered a cardiac arrest during a game in London. Medics came onto the field to try to revive the 23-year old star.  Medics administered CPR, drugs,

AED and Risk Management Pays Off at the University of Michigan

By Doyice Cotten

If your school or business is debating whether or not to purchase an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), read the following story that appeared on University of Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon’s blog, Go Blue.

On Wednesday, April 27, at our Wilpon Softball Complex, quick thinking, training and the resolve to win paid off big time. Not on the field but in the team lounge as the Wolverine softball coaches literally saved the life of a recruit’s father.

Cardiac Care in Clubs

This article by Doyice Cotten originally appeared in Fitness Management, but is as timely today as ever. Health, fitness, and recreation providers should have a plan in place for dealing with heart attacks and other serious incidents. Failure to do so can leave the provider liable.

Jerry Atcovitz suffered a heart attack while playing tennis at Gulph Mills Tennis Club in Pennsylvania.  He later filed suit against the club claiming that damage to his heart could have been mitigated if the club had utilized an automated external defibrillator (AED). 

18 Tips for Reducing the Risk of a Lawsuit (Part IV – Emergencies)

This is the fourth of a 5-part series of ways to reduce the risk of a lawsuit. This part focuses on guidelines dealing with emergency situations.

12.       Reacting to a Crisis

A crisis is a major, unpredictable event that endangers property and/or lives and threatens to seriously harm an organization. Examples of crises in a health club might be a fire, tornado, roof collapse, explosion, terrorist situation, heart attack, or catastrophic accident. Two ways in which a crisis is distinguished from a mere accident is 1) the likelihood of significant media coverage (possibly negative) and 2) the magnitude of the damage (a broken bone vs.