High School Athletes in Florida are Now Safer!

Effective July 1st, 2020, Florida amended House Bill 7011, revising requirements for AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) on school grounds. Effective July 1, 2020, each public school member of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) must have an AED on school grounds. The AED (defibrillator) must be available in a clearly marked publicized location for all contests, practices, and workouts even if held while school is out of session. The AED (defibrillator) must be registered with a local emergency services medical director.

Additionally, training requirements were updated. Beginning June 1, 2021, there must be a trained school employee or volunteer present at each athletic event. This employee or volunteer must have current training (within the last year) including the completion of a course in CPR or a basic first aid course that includes CPR training and demonstrated proficiency in the use of AEDs. The volunteers or school employees are to be notified annually, in writing, of the location of each defibrillator on school grounds.

This is a big leap forward to protect your student athletes in Florida!

A Matter of When

Author - Joe Durkin

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is not a matter of whether you will witness or experience sudden cardiac arrest...it is a matter of when. Almost all of us will be touched by this tragedy at some point in our lives.

When a loved one experiences sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), will you call 9-1-1 and wait for rescue to arrive? If this is your plan, you may want to re-think it and here is why: For each minute that passes after onset of SCA, the survival rate drops by 10%. After only 8 minutes, damage to the brain is imminent. You will be hard pressed to find emergency medical services who will arrive within 8 minutes to administer defibrillation.

If your strategy is to wait for rescue, it is a good idea to make a simple change. Get an AED and learn how to use it. They are very simple machines. Learn hands-only CPR and stay up to date on changes to the process by getting certified. Be ready to save someone. When you are out in public areas, or at work, look for the AED or carry yours wherever you go because they are lightweight and portable.