Updated Monday August 21, 2017 by POB Soccer.
As many of you are aware, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Soccer Club (Club) has made great strides in implementing safety protocols for this coming spring season, one of which will be placing A.E.D.s (Automated External Defibrillator's) on our practice and playing fields.
Another will be that all coaches, division heads, trainers, volunteers, and board members will be required to go through AED/CPR and basic first aid classes. We are well on are way to achieving these efforts.
These AED classes and training classes are fairly expensive and through various fund raisers over the past couple of years, we can proudly say the order for units has been placed. But not without the help of two very important foundations.
Additionally, we would like to recognize the generosity of North Shore/LIJ Health Systems for providing AED/CPR/Basic First Aid classes to our Club. This will help make our fields a safer place to be.
One last word of gratitude goes out to Dr. Brian Goldstein of Pediatric Health Associates in Plainview. Dr. Goldstein has agreed to be the Club's Medical Director for the AED program. While his role is more administrative in the unfortunate event an AED is needed, we still greatly appreciate his volunteering.
Keep an eye out for more updates on our safety program in coming weeks.
All the best,occer Club
AED Questions and Answers:
Q. What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest:
A. SCA is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, striking more than 340,000 victims each year. SCA can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere.
Q. Are Automatic External Defibrillator's (AEDs) complicated to operate?
A. No. AEDs are simple, and offer step-by-step guidance with visual icons and clear, calm voice commands that can match the responders pace. The device generally includes CPR coaching, which provides voice instructions, and audio cues for rescue breathing and chest compressions. There is usually a way to use visual cures as well, which can be used in situations where hearing voices instructions is a challenge. Some differences exist between different brands/models of AEDs.
Q. Could the defibrillator inadvertently hurt the emergency victim?
A. No. Shock therapy will not be delivered if the device determines that the heart's rhythm is not shockable, even if the responder presses the shock button.
Q. Can the AED be used on anyone?
A. Defibrillator's are safe for all ages when used appropriately.
Q. Why is it so important to have the AED so easily accessible?
A. For maximum effect, the AED should be administered within the first three minutes of the SCA. For every minute after that, the survival chance diminishes by approximately 10%.
Q. Is training required to use an AED?
A. Yes, training is required. You will receive a two year AED/CPR certification upon completing a simple course. The course lasts approximately three to five hours. Certification is offered through the American Heart Association, the National Safety Council, and the Red Cross.
On a very special note, POBSC wants to thank Mike Wasserman who has spent the past two years plugging along to make this happen....................great job Mike.