Planning for scholastic cardiac emergencies: the Ripley project

W V Med J. Sep-Oct 1999;95(5):258-60.


Fatalities during sports participation are usually cardiac in origin. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) from ventricular fibrillation has been reported in several sporting venues over the last decade. Successful treatment of stadium SCA requires a rapid response team equipped with defibrillator capabilities. The use of automated external defibrillators (AED) by responders in sports arenas is critical to help prevent catastrophic scholastic athlete and spectator cases of unexpected sudden cardiac death.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy*
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation* / instrumentation
  • Death, Sudden, Cardiac / prevention & control
  • Electric Countershock / instrumentation
  • Emergencies
  • Football
  • Heart Arrest / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Pilot Projects
  • Schools*
  • Sports*
  • Time Factors
  • West Virginia