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  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Intercollegiate Athletics Are you prepared?
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  • Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in exercising young athletes Sudden cardiac death occurs in 1:43,000 NCAA student-athletes per year The chance of survival decreases by 10% every minute after collapse The average EMS response time is 6-8 minutes The single greatest factor affecting survival is the time from cardiac arrest to defibrillation (shock) AEDs improve survival through early defibrillation
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  • Screening Student-athletes are required to have a pre- participation physical examination. The traditional screen includes: o History (chest pain or passing out with exercise) o Physical exam (blood pressure, heart sounds) Some schools perform EKG (electrocardiogram) to increase detection of athletes with at-risk conditions o Appropriate experience and resources are important for EKG screening to be utilized effectively Insert institutional screening policy here if applicable
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  • Emergency Planning Written Emergency Action Plan for SCA Emergency communication system Trained responders in CPR/AED AED locations all staff awareness Access to early defibrillation (

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