On Thursday, March 1 at 10:40 a.m., a local team gathered on the ice at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove, Illinois for its adult league hockey game. As the players took to the ice that day, they were excited for a competitive match against the opposing team. They were not, however, anticipating an emergency on the rink.
In the second period, a member of the home team and a player on the visiting team collided, not uncommon in hockey. Seconds later, the home-team player, Tom, collapsed and fell directly on the ice. It was clear to all who witnessed that Tom was already unconscious, as he did not use his arms to brace his fall.
The game was immediately suspended, the scorekeeper called 911, and the referees sprinted to the other game in the building to try and find a doctor on site.
Fortunately, Twin Rinks had worked with SOS Technologies’ safety consultants to ensure the facility was fully equipped for an emergency. An automated external defibrillator (AED) was nearby and in plain sight.
The goalies from both teams immediately sprang into action. Tom’s goalie, Mike, began CPR, while the opposing goalie, Oliver assessed the situation and began giving instruction. The first of which was to bring him an AED.
Oliver started chest compressions right away. Although he had never used an AED before, he was able to follow along with the verbal prompts and successfully administer two shocks. After the second shock, Tom’s color began to return, he became slightly more responsive, and within 30 seconds, he had opened his eyes.
Paramedics arrived about five minutes later and transferred Tom to a nearby hospital. Once there, the emergency room physician confirmed that Oliver’s and Mike’s quick thinking and swift action undoubtedly saved Tom’s life.
Tom, Oliver and Mike’s story underscores the need for safety devices, particularly AEDs, in any public space. Although there are risk factors, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can affect anyone and is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
In instances of SCA, receiving a shock from an AED within two minutes gives victims a 90 percent chance of survival. Had the team members waited just those three additional minutes for paramedics to arrive, the outcome could have been much different.
Let the safety consultants at SOS Technologies help you decide what devices would work best in your workplace, including a range of brands and models of AEDs to fit your needs and budget, as well as implementing CPR and first aid training. Call SOS today at 888.705.6100 or email email@example.com. It’s A Matter of Life and Life.