AEDs for sports and recreation: Cardiac Science for the week of Aug. 2

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AED donation in Winter Park, Florida, is a memorial to local sports enthusiast


Cardiac Science donated an AED to the city of Winter Park, Florida, in memory of Bryan VanValkenburg, who died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2008.

Two years ago, 29-year-old Bryan VanValkenburg died of sudden cardiac arrest while at Cady Way Park in Winter Park, Florida. Last week the city dedicated a newly installed automated external defibrillator(AED) that was placed at the park in his memory. Bryan VanValkenburg was an athlete, a world traveler, and an enthusiastic softball payer.

His wife, parents, and friends began a campaign to site an AED at the 66-acre park, which has more than 1,300 users a week.

“Every sports field or court should have an AED device, but at least we can start with Cady Way,” his family wrote on the campaign’s website.

The Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department helped put the VanValkenburgs in touch with the vendor that provides AEDs for the city of Winter Park—Cardiac Science. Our Southeast Regional Sales Manager Mike Castleman and sale representative Rob Williams coordinated the donation of a Powerheart AED G3 to be installed at Cady Way Park in Bryan’s memory.

Since the early 2000s, the city of Winter Park has installed AED devices in most of its large, indoor, public gathering places including the Winter Park Public Library, Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center, City Hall and Winter Park Farmers’ Market. The AED at Cady Way Park will be the first device installed at an outdoor location.

Hospital partners with city of Little Rock to put AEDs in community centers

PrintThe Arkansas Heart Hospital and the City of Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department are spearheading a project to prevent sudden cardiac arrest deaths.

The hospital last week presented the city with eight Powerheart G3 automated external defibrillators. The AEDs will be placed in city parks and recreation centers, including the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Park. Cardiac Science will be providing CPR and AED training to staff in each facility.

“We are very pleased to be able to give back to our community in such an important manner,” Mark Hartman, interim CEO of Arkansas Heart Hospital, said. “By providing this technology we will be able to increase patient awareness and knowledge of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and cardiovascular disease and most importantly save lives.”

Arkansas Heart Hospital, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, is a nationally recognized and award winning hospital dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

For more information on Arkansas AEDs, please contact AED expert Scott Foster.

Football club in Australia buys AED in memory of teammate

Stephen Buckman, a 19-year-old player for the Repertswood Football Club in Sunbury, Australia, died in May after collapsing from sudden cardiac arrest during a club training session in May. TheMacedon Ranges Leader reported that although a physician and an off-duty paramedic came to his aid, there was no defibrillator available. When an AED-equipped ambulance arrived 20 minutes later, it was too late. In most cases, a victim’s chances of survival drop by  10 percent for every minute that defibrillation is delayed.

Since then, Buckman’s family, friends, and team mates raised money and purchased aPowerheart G3 AED for the club. Several people affiliated with the club have obtained CPR training that includes how to use a heart starter.

“We hope it will never have to get used but for a club to have that sort of equipment it’s awesome,” Sue Buckman, Stephen’s mother, told the newspaper.

According to the newspaper report, there were 349 people aged between 15-29 years hospitalized due to cardiac arrest, heart attack or heart failure in 2007-08 in Australia.

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