Automated External Defibrillators at School Sports Persuasive Essay

Automated External Defibrillators at School Sports
Argues that automated external defibrillators (AED) should be required not only at all public schools, but also at school sponsored sporting events in South Carolina.
# 148317 | 1,135 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 10, 2011 in Education (Physical) , Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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This paper first explains that automated external defibrillators (AED) are small portable devices now being used in many places other than hospitals that automatically assesses the heart rhythm of a person and determines if it can be treated with an electric shock to restore the heart to normal rhythm. Next, the author relates that AEDs should be included in the category of mandatory devices required both at schools and school sponsored sporting events because sudden cardiac arrest can occur in perfectly normal people of all ages including children and adolescents especially while playing contact sports. The paper reviews laws in other states and suggests how to go about modifying the South Carolina law requiring AEDs to also be mandatory at school sponsored sporting events.

From the Paper:

"AEDs are required in schools in South Carolina, but not necessarily at the actual site of a sporting event. Not all school athletic fields are conveniently located near the school and some larger events such as a state championship event may be located off campus elsewhere. The current law is helpful, but not specific enough. The American Heart Association recommends defibrillation within 3-5 minutes for emergency response outside the hospital. Results show that there is a 74 percent survival rate for victims defibrillated within three minutes. The national average response time for EMS is 10-12 minutes. A victim's survival decreases by 10 percent with every passing minute without treatment."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "CPR and AED Awareness Week: Defibrillators in Schools." AED, Automated External Defibrillator, EKG Machine, ECG, Stress Test, Cardiac Rehab - Cardiac Science. 4 June 2010. Web. 28 Nov. 2010. <>.
  • "Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation." [Welcome to] Taking Our Children Out Of Harm's Way. June 2000. Web. 28 Nov. 2010. <>.
  • Mohrbacher, Dan. "School AED Lawsuits - Good Samaritan Protection - AED Forums." AEDs, Automated External Defibrillators, CPR | AED Advocates. 18 Jan. 2008. Web. 28 Nov. 2010. <>.

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