US Lacrosse is playing a leading role in ongoing research and is committed to educating the national lacrosse community about the life-saving value of having Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) available during lacrosse games and practices. In order to achieve that goal, US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport, and Cardiac Science, a leading manufacturer of cardiology products, are offering an AED grant program which provides an AED and comprehensive management of AED and CPR training to lacrosse leagues or US Lacrosse chapters.
“This new component of our strategic alliance with Cardiac Science is focused on increasing awareness of the value and accessibility of AEDs to the national lacrosse community,” said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse. “Having an AED on the sideline is a risk management best-practice that we want every lacrosse program to consider strongly.”
“US Lacrosse is at the forefront of helping to prevent the approximately 365,000 deaths per year that are due to sudden cardiac arrest – 7,000 of them among the young,” said Mike Brode, Cardiac Science director of strategic business. “Commotio cordis is the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death in school athletes and US Lacrosse is taking extraordinary measures to ensure their sport stands out in terms of safety by working to ensure AEDs are available where their members play and train. They serve as a model.”
Commotio cordis is a rare but potentially catastrophic phenomenon that can result in sudden cardiac arrest. Commotio cordis can occur when a blunt, but often relatively mild blow to the area of the chest directly over the heart occurs during a precise moment of the heart’s cycle, leading to sudden cardiac arrest. Examples of the blunt object may include: baseball, lacrosse ball, hockey puck, fist, shoulder or knee. According to the American Heart Association, defibrillation within three minutes of sudden cardiac arrest raises the chance of survival to 70-percent. When a shock is delivered within one minute, survival rates can increase from 5-percent to as much as 86-percent in some cases.
AEDs made available through this program offer the following benefits:
- Powerheart AEDs are dependable, easy-to-use defibrillators.
- Rescue Ready® technology self-tests all main components including the battery, hardware, software, and pads daily to ensure anytime functionality.
- RescueCoach™ voice prompts and CPR metronome guide users through a very stressful rescue situation.
- The AED device knows when to, and when not to deliver a shock.
- A text screen lends extra help in noisy and chaotic environments.
- The AED unit has a 7-year warranty and a 4-year full operational battery replacement guarantee.
US Lacrosse member groups and chapters can apply for the US Lacrosse/Cardiac Science AED grant program by visiting http://www.uslacrosse.org/programs/AEDgrantprogram.phtml. Deadline to submit an application is November 30, 2009.
Cardiac Science is a global leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of diagnostic and therapeutic cardiology products and services. The company provides a full spectrum of cardiology products and services that help protect hearts and save lives. To learn more about Cardiac Science, please visit www.cardiacscience.com.
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 62 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.
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Colleen Sperry Aungst
Public Relations Manager, US Lacrosse
410-235-6882 ext. 155
Director of Strategic Business, Cardiac Science