Having a Defibrillator at Soccer Fields A Matter of Life and Death

A popular soccer player’s  sudden collapse at a soccer field in Roswell Georgia serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) readily available in public places.  This latest event was not the first time that having the AED at the field had saved a player’s life. While there are many contributing factors to his miraculous recovery, one of the key reasons was the presence of an AED at the soccer field. In this article, we will discuss the crucial role that AEDs play in saving lives, and why it’s essential to have them at soccer fields and other public places.


What is an AED and Why is it Important?

An AED is a portable device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. It is designed for use by laypersons, with clear and simple instructions, making it an effective tool for saving lives in an emergency. AEDs are essential in saving lives because they can provide prompt treatment for sudden cardiac arrest, which can occur without warning and is a leading cause of death worldwide.


The Importance of Time in Saving Lives

Sudden cardiac arrest is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. The chances of survival decrease with each passing minute, so it’s crucial to get help as soon as possible. Having an AED readily available can make all the difference in saving someone’s life. In this case, the AED was available at the soccer field where he collapsed, and an ER doctor was there to help. With the AED readily available, they were able to start treatment right away, increasing the player’s chances of survival.


The Role of Trained Personnel

While AEDs are designed to be used by laypersons, having trained personnel on hand can make all the difference in an emergency. In the Roswell case, the ER docs’ training as an ER doctor helped to ensure that the AED was used correctly and quickly. Additionally, with the experience as a fire chief and EMT training, the fire chief was also able to assist in the emergency, further increasing the chances of a successful outcome.


The Importance of Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance of AEDs is essential to ensure that they are always in good working order. The presence of an AED at the soccer field where the player collapsed was due in part to the efforts of FC Georgia United, who had raised funds to install the device a couple of years prior. However, it was only through discussions about maintaining the AED and making sure it was readily available that it was there when the player needed it.


The soccer player’s miraculous recovery is a testament to the importance of having AEDs readily available in public places. With the combination of the AED’s availability, the presence of trained personnel, and regular maintenance, his chances of survival were greatly increased. It’s crucial to have AEDs at soccer fields and other public places, as every second counts in saving someone’s life. The next time you’re at a soccer field, take a moment to locate the AED and familiarize yourself with its location and use, as you never know when it might save someone’s life. Additionally, it is important for  people to take CPR courses as well. CPR can keep them viable while the AED is being made ready.

By quique