Brought in on the advice of team Doctor Karl-Heinrich Dittmar, the AED will be there to protect the club’s players, staff, and supporters from the devastating consequences of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
Why does a football club need a defibrillator?
Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone – including fit and healthy professional footballers. And if it does, the sooner a defibrillator is used on the patient, the more likely they are to survive.
In fact, for every minute that passes without defibrillation after an SCA without defibrillation, the chance of survival decreases by 10%.
Here in the UK, 75% of NHS ambulance arrive within 8 minutes of a 999 call. So having a public-access defibrillator nearby can mean the difference between life and death.
The case of Fabrice Muamba
Finding hard to believe that fit, healthy footballers suffer from sudden cardiac arrest, think again.
During a 2012 FA Cup quarter final against Tottenham Hotspur, Bolton Wanderers’ Central Midfielder, Fabrice Muamba, collapsed on the pitch.
Muamba was lucky. The Bolton club’s physio quickly realised there was something seriously wrong, and Muamba received immediate CPR and two defibrillator shocks right there on the pitch. By the time he got to hospital, he had been defibrillated 15 times – and went on to make a full recovery that was nothing short of miraculous.
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Unquestionably, the early actions on the pitch from the club’s physio helped save Fabrice Muamba’s life.
But what many people don’t realise is that you don’t have to be a trained medical professional – or a Premier League physio – to know CPR or use a defibrillator. In fact, thanks to spoken and on-screen instructions and automatic heart rate checks, anybody can use an AED.
That’s why at Cardiac Science, it’s part of our mission to convey the message about the importance of having defibrillators in place in sports facilities, schools, businesses, and communities. Because one day, they might just be needed to help save someone’s life.