Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Premier Health providers and athletic trainers answer frequently asked questions about sudden cardiac arrest.

How often should the EAP be reviewed and/or practiced?

Regular rehearsal of an EAP is essential to its success in the event that it’s needed, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). Many cardiac arrests take place outside of a hospital, so it’s important to have emergency planning in place and practiced for emergencies in which time is critical. Most organizations and venues have drills of their EAPs throughout the year, according to the National Athletic Training AssociationOff Site Icon (NATA). It’s recommended that each organization do a full practice run at least once a year, involving as many potential players as possible, including outside emergency responders and agencies, states the NATA.

Learn more:

Chelsea L. Gilliam, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC

Piqua Family Practice

View Profile View Articles

Source: Michael W. Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; American Heart Association; National Institutes of Health; Nik Berger, MS, AT, ATC, Premier Health Sports Medicine – Miami Valley Hospital South; Jeffrey James, DO, Premier Orthopedics; Sean Convery, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Jeffrey Rayborn, MD, Premier Orthopedics