The importance of Automated External Defibrillators.

Recent reports of a golfer who suffered a heart attack on the 16th green at Putnam County Golf Course and was kept alive following the fast-thinking maneuvers of a course employee demonstrate the importance of having an automated external defibrillator, or AED, on hand.

According to The Journal News, Bob Beggs, 77, was golfing on July 14 when he collapsed on the right side of the green after taking a swing on the 140-yard par 3. As employees and his playing partners called 911 and performed CPR, assistant golf operations manager Dave Solomon ran into the clubhouse to get the AED. 

“He was blue when I hooked him up to the AED,” Solomon told The Journal News. “So we shocked him once, and he started to breathe and then stopped. The AED instructed us to resume CPR, then we had to shock him a second time.”

Beggs was brought to Putnam Hospital Center and later transferred to a hospital closer to his home in New Jersey.

An AED is a portable electronic device that detects the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. The unit treats the patient through defibrillation or electrical shock that allows the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

A person using an AED should be trained, but most units are designed to prompt users through each step making it easier for non-healthcare professionals to operate.

AEDs can be found in many public places and are often brightly colored and mounted in cases near the entrances to buildings.

Putnam Hospital Center has three AEDs throughout its facility.

“PHC staff is trained to utilize both community and professional types of AEDs,” senior nurse educator Donna Klein said. “AEDs work in conjunction with CPR to save lives.”

Read the Journal News Article

Health Quest Community Education offers courses in AED use and CPR