Safe-Heart feels that protection in sports is a three-step process. The most important of the three steps is to make sure that all leagues, schools, organizations, etc., have defibrillators readily available just in case there is a problem. Many schools and leagues are starting to purchase these already and no one should be without one. The second step is the Safe-Heart and Shield combo. And last, but not least, all adults dealing with groups of children (in any way) should definitely have CPR training.
We need to do everything in our power that we can to protect our children. That is all we are trying to do. Nothing more, nothing less.
Three important steps every league, organization, school, etc., must take:
1. Defibrillators.Adolescent sports-related deaths are rare, but they are commonly caused by cardiovascular problems, such as commotio cardis-cardiac arrest caused by being hit in the chest with an object, such as a baseball or softball, etc., usually traveling 30 to 50 miles per hour.The frequency of this problem is not known, but the survival rate is low among reported cases.However, the survival rate may be increased when cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is performed and an automated external defibrillator (AED) is used within three minues of impact. Since 62% of cases of commotion cordis have been reported to occur during competitive, organized sporting events, timeliness, training and equipment are all important aspects of delivering effective treatment.Although the average cost of an AED is $2,500, survival rates for commotio cardis may increase to 25% if resuscitative measures are taken within three minutes of impact.Delayed efforts or CPR-only can reduce the survival rate to 3%.Chest protector equipment can reduce the risk of commotio cardis, but 28% of cases occurred in spite of this protection.
2. Safe-Heart. Should be introduced to parents of all children who play sports. We designed the Safe-Heart sports athletic shirt and shield because, as moms, we feel that children can never be protected enough while playing sports and this is just added protection for soft tissue and bone injuries. Although nothing in life is 100% guaranteed or warranted, including this product, we feel that having this additional protection is better than nothing at all. Ultimately, parents need to make own decision on whether or not they feel this product is something they want their children to wear and that is a personal decision.
3. CPR Training. Providing artificial breathing and circulation, by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR , can temporarily deliver a limited amount of blood and oxygen to the brain until a defibrillator becomes available. However, defibrillation is the only effective way to resuscitate a victim of ventricular fibrillation or commotio cordis.