Where Is It, and How Long Will It Take You To Get It?

I was talking with one of my best friends who coaches high school women’s lacrosse in a lacrosse league.

The subject of AED (Automated External Defibrillators) came up and I asked him if one was on the sidelines at every practice and game.  He said that one was in the building and not on the sidelines.

I asked him if everyone knew where it was and how long would it take to get it if it was needed on the field.  He said that not everyone knew and it would take approximately 2 minutes to retrieve it in an emergency.

When someone goes down from sudden cardiac arrest, every minute that an AED is not used reduces the chances of survival by 10%.  Think about it.  If it takes 2 minutes to get the AED in an emergency, the victim’s chances of survival are reduced by 20%.

If no AED is available, and the average response time from emergency responders, EMT’s, Fireman etc is 6 – 7 minutes AFTER they’re called… Just think how the chances of survival are reduced.

We discussed getting the parents to do fundraisers at their place of employment to purchase an AED for the team.  AED typically cost between $800 and $2000 depending on the model.  Most AED’s perform the same regardless of cost.  The best part is that AED’s are VERY easy to use.

Some things to think about:

Does your child play sports?

Is there an AED on the sidelines at EVERY Practice and Game?

If not, what are YOU going to do about it?


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