ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Athletes and spectators can enjoy more peace of mind at the next sporting event they attend. Thanks to Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary, eleven automated external defibrillators (AED) are now in the hands of St. Joseph and Kansas City athletic trainers.
“In early spring, we approached a Mosaic Life Care auxiliary board member and talked about how to ensure the safety of not only our athletes but our spectators as well,” said Kate Esely, Mosaic Life Care Lead Athletic Trainer. “Since schools run multiple events on any given day, if one of our athletic trainers has an event off property, they would have to remove the AED out of the building. If another event is happening on the property as well, those minutes chasing down another AED are critical for someone in cardiac arrest.”
The user-friendly AED kit can be used if someone goes into cardiac arrest. Two pads are placed on the individual and the AED delivers a shock to help resume heart rhythms. Certified athletic trainers can provide medical attention to anyone in the community.
“It’s peace of mind to know it’s right there with you all the time, right on hand. Minutes can make the difference,” says Esely.
Besides schools in St. Joseph, athletic trainers received AED’s to cover West Platte, Excelsior Springs, Mid Buchanan, LeBlond, Riverside, Doniphan West and Plattsburg.