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Saturday, October 6, 2012

There is a positive note to this tragedy

High school football player dies after collapsing during game
WYFF Greenville
Rouse was given CPR and shocked with a defibrillator before the ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital. Players and coaches from both sides prayed as medical personnel tended to Rouse. Hartsville was hosting Crestwood. 


Ten years ago it would have been very difficult to find an AED on the sidelines at a high school athletic contest. It's tragic that this student died, but AEDs do not bring back every victim. Immediate activation of 911, immediate CPR, and prompt defibrillation are essential to survival after a sudden cardiac arrest. The victim's odds of getting out of the hospital with major brain functions intact are far, far higher when you follow the chain of survival.