AED placement in Springville

Photo description:  From left, Joseph Longoria, dir. of advancement for the National Center for Sports Safety and Chris Harned of Altec Industries present Springville Mayor William Isley and Fire Chief Richard Harvey with two AEDs. Former Alabama Quarterback Tyler Watts represents Cardiac Solutions.

Springville, AL: August 2015: The Parks and Recreation Department of Springville, Alabama, was the recipient of two automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and two medical-grade first aids kits from the National Center for Sports Safety’s (SportsSafety.org) AED Placement Program.  All of the units were fully funded in a grant written by the National Center for Sports Safety, a nonprofit, to the Altec/Styslinger Foundation Inc.

 

In summer 2015, the National Center for Sports Safety’s AED Placement Program placed six AEDs and medical-grade first aid kits in Alabama cities. In the third year of operation, the program has placed nearly $100,000 worth of AEDs and first aid kits across Alabama parks and recreation departments. The center’s other sports safety programs have educated tens of thousands of volunteer, youth and high school coaches.

“Having access to an AED and a medical-grade first aid kit at a city sports complex are additional layers of protection for our youth athletes,” said the center’s Associate Executive Director Derrek Smith. “The hope is these units will never have to be deployed, but if an athlete does go in to sudden cardiac arrest having access to an AED in 1 to 3 minutes is critical for survival.”

According to the American Heart Association, each year in the U.S., there are approximately 359,400 Emergency Medical Services (EMS)-assessed cardiac arrest episodes outside of a hospital setting. On average, less than 10% of victims survive. Immediate CPR and early defibrillation, with an AED, can more than double a victim’s chance of survival.

Jon Seale, CEO of Cardiac Solutions and a partner of the AED Placement Program, was present with Tyler Watts of Cardiac Solutions, to give the city a demonstration of the AED. Seale explained how the AED will walk the user through chest compressions and will not administer a shock unless the unit detects one is needed. Seale donated two AED cabinets to house the unit.

About the National Center for Sports Safety (wwwSportsSafety.org)

The National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS), a nonprofit, was founded in 2001 by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lawrence J. Lemak. NCSS is celebrating 14 years of promoting the importance of injury prevention and safety at all levels of youth and high school sports through education and research. To date, NCSS has educated tens of thousands of coaches across the nation. To learn more about NCSS’s programs and tools or to make an online tax deductible donation go to http://www.SportsSafety.org.