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Developing A Mission Statement and Statement of Need for Community AED Program

Once an AED committee is formed it needs to develop a mission statement which will not only help the committee stay focused by constantly reminding its members of its purpose and goals, but, by clearly stating that purpose and goals to the larger community, will help generate the broad-based community and political support an effective AED program requires. In addtion, the committee needs to draft a Statement of Need which the committee will use both as part of its checklist in developing and implementing its AED program and as a stand-alone document in its public awareness and funding campaigns.

Commotio Cordis Leads to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Commotio Cordis is a rare disruption of the heart's electrical system resulting from a blunt impact to the chest that leads to sudden cardiac arrest. It has been documented in over 250 cases since 1998, and occurs most often in lacrosse, with the most recent incident involving a 12-year-old boy who tragically died in Rochester, New York after being hit in the chest with a ball.

Assessing Community Readiness for Public Access AED Program

An AED program consists of much more than buying an AED and making it accessible. A good program has widespread support, both internal (within your club, school, organization or business), and external (in the lay, medical and EMS communities) and is based on sound principles and careful planning.

Onsite Placement Of An AED Is Critical To Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death In Youth Athletes

Of the many variables that affect survivability for a person who experiences sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), one of the most important is how rapidly the AED is physically delivered to the victim's side. Indeed, few life threatening emergencies are as time sensitive as SCA. AEDs should be located within a 2-minute brisk walk of every nook and cranny of a school or to the farthest reaches of an athletic field.

Death of Athlete from Sudden Cardiac Arrest Highlights Need for AED Training

According to the September 12, 2004 story in the Macon (Georgia) Telegraph, when rising football star Ryan Boslet suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during a workout at his school gym on February 20, 2003, the AED the school had only recently purchased wasn't used - even though it was just the length of a basketball court away in the athletic director's office - because a staff member couldn't find the adhesive electrode pads, which were tucked under a flap inside the AED. Thinking the device was inoperable, coaches called 911, and administered CPR to the 6-foot-4, 270 pound defensive tackle, but the 17-year old died later that day. Boslet's death, said the story, points to a larger problem: "Ordinary people, even with training, often can't use the increasingly popular defibrillators under the pressure of an emergency."

Playing Fields Near Busy Highways Pose Risks for Youth Athletes

Locating playing fields near busy highways pose serous risks to the developing lungs of young athletes. A substantial and growing body of scientific evidence has linked airborne toxic pollution from motor vehicles, trains and aircraft to significant health problems, especially in children, including aggravated asthma, chronic bronchitis, reduced lung function, irregular heartbeat, heart attack and premature death in people with heart or lung disease.

Asthmatic Children Can Play Sports

Despite the risks, asthma shouldn't keep your child out of sports. With proper precautions, they can play, as long as parents follow these safety tips:

Athletic Fields Are An Overlooked Safety Hazard

One of the biggest hazards in outside field sports, yet often the most overlooked, is the field itself. Because parents can't count on the referee or their child's coach to inspect the field before a game begins to ensure that it is in a playable condition, the best injury prevention strategy is to set up a field detail of parents to do the inspection.

Are Instant Cold Or Gel Packs As Good As Ice?

Instant or chemical cold or gel packs are among the items that most experts say should be included in a well-stocked first aid kit. But, while instant cold or gel packs are easy to store and are more convenient than ice, experts say that they may damage the skin because of the cold temperatures they reach.

P.R.I.C.E. Is Right First Aid For Muscle and Joint Sports Injuries

The first four steps of first aid for sports injuries to joints such (elbow, ankle, knee, finger, wrist sprains) are known by the acronym "RICE," which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

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