Saints and Pelicans donate 67 AEDs to local recreation departments


It’s unknown at this point whether the cardiac arrest experienced by Bills safety Damar Hamlin was caused by commotio cordis, a rare condition resulting from sudden trauma to the chest. It is one of the specific risks of sudden death for participants in youth baseball.

And even if Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest was ultimately unrelated to commotio cordis, the situation highlights the importance of having Automated External Defibrillators available for youth sporting events.

In New Orleans, the Saints and Pelicans have decided to ensure that the devices are available. The teams will donate 40 AEDs for the New Orleans Recreation Department and 27 for the Jefferson Parish Recreation Department.

“In light of the horrible events involving Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin, we felt it was urgent that we reach out to our local recreational facilities to determine their needs,” Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson said in a release. “NFL games have the most advanced medical staff and equipment on hand, and we believe this needs to be replicated as best as possible on the youth sports level.”

Amen to that. The extensive medical presence at NFL games underscores the reality that, at the lower levels of all sports, the resources are far more scarce. At a minimum, AEDs and one or more individuals trained in CPR should be at every sporting event.

It’s good that the Saints are doing their part to help their community. Here’s hoping that other professional sports teams in other communities follow suit.

11 responses to “Saints and Pelicans donate 67 AEDs to local recreation departments

  1. Time for some parents to head to CPR training and also learn how to use AEDs. Clearly every minute counts.

  2. Everyday I see good stuff from people of all walks of life. This too is America and I am proud!

  3. If you didn’t know, Pelicans and Saints are owned and ran by the same people. Gale Benson, who by the way is an incredible human being, owns both clubs.

  4. This happened a long time ago. Just out of college I lucked into a good job. Our building was directly across the street from a medical clinic which had three doctors. They all practiced general medicine, but the head doctor had a special interest in cardiology. He read about this terrific new device called a defibrillator and ordered one for the clinic. It arrived and the whole staff took a tutorial on it.

    That very night, the doctor suffered a heart attack. He became the very first patient to use the defibrillator. It saved his life. A few months later he assisted in delivering my first child.

  5. We’ll done! I hope this catches on. A friend of mine was volunteering at a high school football game a few months ago, and went into cardiac arrest. He fell over. His heart stopped. An AED was on site, and the athletic director was trained to use it. First responders and the hospital team took it from there, and he is well on his way to a full recovery. Everyone involved says he would not have survived without the AED and CPR measures.
    Please help the cause. Take a CPR class. Help raise money for AEDs. Or at the least, help generate more awareness! Please!

  6. This a very generous and excellent donation and there should be AEDs available essentially everywhere within places in towns including bars, bowling alleys etc. where people meet. As discussed on PFT, a cardiac event with an NFL player is an extremely rare and unexpected event. However, EMTs are normally present at all NFL games and at other major sports primarily to deal with health issues in the crowd rather than the players. It would be interesting to know, if the information is available, how many cardiac events in the NFL the EMTs deal with per game/season. As has been discussed, it is better for a fan to have a serious health event within the stadia rather than walking to their car after the game!

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