Daviess Community Hospital Foundation Gifts Benefit Patients, Athletes
Washington, IN – The Daviess Community Hospital Foundation Board
of Directors recently approved a request for funding to benefit student
athletes and spectators at local sporting events.
Scott Sell, Director of Athletic Training at the CORE Center, gave a presentation
to the Foundation board outlining the need for and benefits of have an
Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) unit for each of the DCH athletic
trainers to use on the field or court in a medical emergency.
“These units will be used at Barr-Reeve High School, North Daviess
High School & Vincennes University,” stated Sell. “The
donation of AEDs from the DCH Foundation will equip the athletic trainers
with the necessary tools to provide emergency services on the sidelines
and allow them to respond quickly to an emergent situations.”
Research shows that the chance of survival from a cardiac event decreases
10% for every minute an AED is not applied. AEDs search for life-threatening
disturbances in the rhythm of the heartbeat. Through controlled electrical
shocks, AEDs stop arrhythmia and let the heart resume a natural rhythm.
AED devices walk the rescuer through every step of safely using the device.
Pictures and labels make use simple, and some models even provide instruction on CPR.
At sporting events, the chances of injuries or medical emergencies are
heightened. Both the forces experienced by the athletes and the excitement
of the fans are potentially dangerous. In these situations, it is even
more important to have on hand both life-saving equipment like an AED
and personnel knowledgeable in AEDs and CPR. It may never be needed, but
it may just save a life.
To learn more about DCH Athletic Training services, please call 812-254-2673.
For information about the DCH Foundation, please call 812-254-8858.