A Round of Golf? Check for an AED before you leave the Club House!
The statistics are unimaginable….without an AED, approximately 95% of heart attacks on golf courses are fatal. According to the American Heart Association, golf courses have become the most common place for a heart attack making AEDS or automated external defibrillators a necessity in every club house.
Sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA, is the leading cause of death in the United States. SCA occurs when the heart stops beating, which stops the blood from flowing throughout the body. The risk for SCA increases with age and men are about 3 times more likely to experience SCA than women.
Here are some signs to look for
- Chest pains
- Shortness of breath
- Prior to fainting or losing consciousness, some may experience a racing heartbeat or a dizzy feeling
- Loss of consciousness or fainting
- No heartbeat of pulse
- Call 911! Have someone in your group call 9-1-1 and retrieve the AED. If you are alone on the golf course with your buddy, call 9-1-1 first and get an AED if possible.
- Are they breathing? If NO, start CPR immediately! Use an AED as soon as possible.
- Continue CPR until the individual starts breathing or until medical support arrives.
How Can Your Golf Club Prepare:
All golf clubs should have AED’s in their clubhouses and there should be portable devices located throughout the course. When you check in for your tee time—ask where their AEDs are located so you’ll be prepared in the event of an emergency. Also this is a great opportunity to make sure that everyone is CPR certified in your golfing group.
As a reminder, if an AED is used within 5 minutes of a Sudden Cardiac collapse the survival rates are approximately 70% as compared to the 5% survival rate without one! Golf courses are listed as the top places in which cardiac arrests can occur. Be informed and inform your favorite golf club about why an AED is important!
CPR Choice is your go-to place for AEDs and CPR certification training. We sell state of the art AEDs to families and businesses and provide support on training, as well as maintenance requirements. We also offer convenient CPR, First Aid and AED classes all over Knoxville and the surrounding counties. Visit our website at www.cprchoice.com for additional information on AEDs and our class schedules.