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, and 15 shocks with an AED prior to his arrival by ambulance at the hospital 48 minutes after collapsing. Finally, after 78 minutes, his heart started beating again. He was still in serious condition a few days after the incident.

In contrast, a 27 year old Indian soccer player, D. Venkatesh, died after collapsing on the field during a soccer match in the city of Bangalore. There was no ambulance available and he was taken to the hospital in a three-wheel auto rickshaw. Reports are that the death was caused by sudden cardiac arrest. It is also reported that he did not receive proper medical care or oxygen at  the time of the arrest.

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