Houston, TX (PRWEB) June 20, 2010
Starting on June 11, 2010 thousands of soccer fans from around the world will fill world cup stadiums to capacities in South Africa. Portable medical devices such as defibrillators will be available by emergency medical teams in case a soccer player or coach suffers a heart attack or cardiac arrest.
Defibrillators are also called AEDs and are handheld medical devices that automatically diagnose the patient and determine whether to provide life-saving defibrillation to the person suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest- similar to a heart attack.
In the United States, Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX is a World Cup size stadium that has held over 70,000 people to watch international soccer matches. Life Saving Automated External Defibrillators called AEDs have been placed in the stadium to increase the chance of someone surviving a sudden cardiac arrest during a game.
Each year Sudden Cardiac Arrest claims the lives of over 350,000 people in America. When a person experiences a sudden cardiac arrest every minute that goes by without receiving defibrillation the chances of survival decrease 7 to 10 percent. After 10 minutes without defibrillation, very few people survive.
Scott Laza- American Heart Association CPR and AED Instructor stated, “When someone experiences a sudden cardiac arrest every second counts and by placing AED defibrillators in public places where large crowds gather such as stadiums, outdoor parks, schools, churches, shopping malls, office buildings can make the difference between life and death.”
About AED Today: To reduce the number of Sudden Cardiac Deaths in America AED Today is partnering throughout the United States with communities, schools, businesses, churches and non-profit organizations on the placement of Life-Saving Automated External Defibrillators with CPR and AED training by the American Heart Association and American Red Cross. For more information on AED defibrillator programs please call: (713) 575-8552 or visit: http://www.aedtoday.com.