Sports Injury Forum - Michael DeFranco MD | Guest - Michael LaCorte MD Pediatric Cardiology | Director of Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center -Brooklyn Division. http://www.artistfirst.com/sportsinjuryforum.htm
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Automated External Defibrillators and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Interviewee: It’s estimated that people who go in a sudden cardiac arrest that they can be saved by an AED. Can you tell us what’s an AED and do you think one should be present at all—advance given the problems with sudden cardiac death in athletes? Michael DeFranco: Well, now you see them at the airports. It’s basically an external defibrillator. So, someone drops on this football field or in any airports. In fact, it’s in a more likely in certain places we are dealing with elderly people. You're seeing a lot more than -- and the answers, I think certainly in competitor sports in high school. I would say more and more. I think it’s pretty much common that you're going to have a defibrillator on the premises. And there is no doubt that that can save lives having it there as long as the people, the coaches know how to use it. You can definitely save lives on the athletic field. So, the answer is I certainly, if my son were playing competitive football, I would love to think that they would have a defibrillator on the premises.

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