The most effective treatment for sudden cardiac arrest and, indeed, the only effective response to commotio cordis, is the timely delivery of a life-saving shock or defibrillation. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are portable and easy-to-use devices devices that deliver potentially life-saving defibrillation therapy quickly and effectively.
Tens of thousands of lives that would have otherwise been lost have been saved by AEDs.
Because commotio cordis is so rare, little is known about its cause. But US Lacrosse is playing a leading role in ongoing research and is committed to educating the national lacrosse community about the potential dangers of commotio cordis, as well as the life-saving value of having AEDs available during lacrosse games and practices.
Every team or program should consider the purchase of an AED in order to assure the safest possible environment for their players, coaches, officials and spectators. Quite simply, AEDs save lives.
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