Cardiac Science Corporation is partnering with US Lacrosse to bring more defibrillators to the sidelines of lacrosse games:
The defibrillators use an electric shock to jolt a heart back into rhythm in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. … Bothell, Wash.-based Cardiac Science will offer the defibrillators to U.S. Lacrosse members at a price of $1,395, a 44 percent savings off the regular price of $2,495.
Automated external defibrillators are used in response to commotio cordis, which can cause sudden cardiac arrest in athletes. Commotio cordis can occur when an athlete is struck in the chest area around the heart. The impact does not have to be severe for sudden cardiac arrest to occur.
We were surprised to learn that, in the last eight years, five lacrosse players have died during games. That’s much less than even a single year of football (at all levels), but then again, far fewer people play lacrosse.
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