Sports Clubs – The Drive for AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators)
A friend of mine who is also a Cardiac Physiologist was recently playing football when a 19 year old opponent collapsed. I have copied and pasted the article from the local newspaper as it confirms what a lot of us all ready know:- for under £800 pound sports clubs could have an AED this should be their priority and there is no excuse for not striving to purchase one.
Boss Jim Cooper has spoken of the chilling moment when Met Police striker Tobi Alabi collapsed on the pitch.
The 19-year-old was jogging back from the Molesey penalty area in the 25th minute of Blues’ 7-1 friendly win on Tuesday (October 15) at Imber Court when he stopped and fell to the ground. It prompted memories of Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton forward, who suffered a similar fate at Tottenham in March 2012.
The youngster, who lives in Erith, was able to walk from the field, shower and watch the rest of the match before being driven to Darent Valley Hospital in Kent for tests. He was later admitted and it is understood he may be transferred to a hospital in central London for further analysis of his condition.
“We thought straight away we had a Fabrice Muamba incident on our hands,” revealed Cooper. “There was nobody near him, he just fell backwards and was unconscious. Thankfully, Kristian Webb, Molesey’s defender, was there to help him.”
Webb, who is a Senior Cardiac Physiologist at Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford, was straight on the scene and reflected: “I didn’t see him fall and at first I thought he was injured.
“I went to assess the situation and he had a good pulse and was coming round after fainting. There were no signs there was anything serious. He was recovering pretty quickly.”
Webb believes the Muamba incident – and this latest occurrence – has highlighted the need for proper equipment at sporting venues.
“I think that every sports club at whatever level should have an automated external defibrillator [AED],” he added. “It’s paramount and what happened to Fabrice Muamba brought it to the forefront.
“I’m not a doctor but I am trained to use the equipment – but it doesn’t matter how trained a person is, without it I can only do what anyone else can do and that’s give CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation}.
“Anywhere there are young athletes putting extra strain on their hearts weaknesses can be uncovered so it is essential in my view.”
Alabi’s condition could be life-changing in terms of playing football again and having visited him, Cooper revealed: “Tobi is very down at the moment because he is unsure about his football career.
“We just have to hope he makes a full recovery.”
Unfortunately it has since been confirmed that Tobi may have to have a Defibrillator (ICD) Implanted due to HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) – I have explained this in this months jargon buster. Needless to say we send Tobi our best wishes.