An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is used to rescue a person suffering from cardiac arrest. It’s an important tool to have on hand during practices and games if a child is not responsive, not breathing and does not have a pulse.
Below are some quick tips to help you locate an AED to ensure the proper equipment is available when your child is participating in sports.
Talk to your child’s coach.
- Is he/she CPR and AED certified?
- If not, who is certified and present during practices and games?
- Where is the nearest AED available during home and away events?
Consider these action steps to help ensure an AED is available in your community.
- Contact field organizers/owners for information about the availability of AEDs.
- Encourage sports organizations to do research in advance of the season to schedule games and practices at locations that have an AED available.
- Work with your local Parks and Recreation department to learn their process for supplying AEDs.
- Contact foundations that donate or assist communities in getting access to AEDs.
- Raise funds (or request an increase in sports registration costs) to help your local youth sports organization purchase an AED. Most AEDs cost around $2,200- $4,000.