Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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

Why is an EAP important?

It’s important to have an emergency action plan (EAP) in place at most facilities because it enables the staff to handle urgent circumstances that they would otherwise be unprepared to handle, according to the U.S. Department of LaborOff Site Icon (USDL).

Having an EAP in place means that different staff members are aware of their role in an emergency situation ahead of time, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). When and if an urgent situation does occur, staff members can transition to that role quickly. The NIH states that EAP preparation includes having necessary medical equipment on hand, such as Automated External Defibrillator(AED), which can be critical in an effective first response to a sudden cardiac arrest.

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

Piqua Family Practice

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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