City of Summit Installs AEDs at all Municipal Sports Fields to Enhance Sports Participant Safety

Thirteen AEDs have been installed at 12 municipal sports field locations. Credits: City of Summit Photo Services
SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit has installed automatic external defibrillator (AED) equipment at all municipal sports fields as part of an emergency action plan to protect the safety of athletes, spectators, coaches and officials in the event of a medical emergency.
While it is not mandated by state law for recreation departments to have outdoor AED equipment available on athletic fields, the City of Summit chose to follow recent schools legislation and require AEDs at all athletic games and practices. In early 2016, the City of Summit Department of Community Programs (DCP) received approval for the use of Field Restoration funds to purchase 13 AEDs that will be strategically placed at 12 locations, including:
- Summit High School
- Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School
- Brayton Elementary School
- Franklin Elementary School
- Jefferson Elementary School
- Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School
- Washington Elementary School
- Investors Bank Field,
- Upper Tatlock Field
- Memorial Field (two locations)
- Glenside Field
- The Village Green
The placement of each AED, designed with a red flag and highly visible markings, will allow for no greater than a 90-second response time to a potential victim on each field. All recreation and youth sports coaches will receive training on how to operate the equipment. Most CPR classes offer additional training in the use of an AED.
For those already trained in CPR, training on the use of an AED takes even less time. In the state of New Jersey, Good Samaritan legislation protects all lay rescuers from lawsuits.
An AED is a lightweight, portable, battery-operated, computerized device that is used to restore a regular heartbeat after sudden cardiac arrest caused by undiagnosed heart problems. AEDs are designed to allow non-medical personnel to save lives.

During a cardiac emergency, two pads connected to the AED are placed on the patient's chest. A computer inside the AED analyzes the patient's heart rhythm and determines if an electric shock to the heart is required to save the victim. If so, the AED uses voice instructions to guide the user through the defibrillation process.

As long as an AED is turned on, it is designed to be next to foolproof. It will not prompt the operator to go to the next step until the previous step has been completed and provides a logical, well-defined, and well-documented sequence of directions. Further, the AED will not allow a shock to be administered unless the person is actually in cardiac arrest.

The DCP will be performing monthly visual inspections to help keep AEDs in proper working order. Citizens are asked to report any equipment that appears inoperable or damaged, or is sounding an alarm to, or call the Department of Community Programs at 908-277-2932.

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