Implementation of Automated External Defibrillators in Sport Stadiums and Arenas. (Sport Management/Administration)

By Connaughton, Daniel P.; Spengler, John O. et al. | Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, March 2003 | Go to article overview

Implementation of Automated External Defibrillators in Sport Stadiums and Arenas. (Sport Management/Administration)


Connaughton, Daniel P., Spengler, John O., Hausenblas, Heather A., Connaughton, Angela V., Zhang, James J., Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport


Consumer safety and risk management are major concerns for sport facility managers. Previous research indicates that sport stadiums are among the top 10 public places with the highest incidence of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The single greatest determinant for survival of SCA victims is the time from pulselessness to defibrillation. The installation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in sport facilities has recently increased, however, their implementation has not gained industry wide acceptance. The purpose of this study was to determine the scope and nature ofAED use in sport stadiums and arenas. The study population was the operation managers of all Florida sport stadiums and arenas (N= 32). Florida was chosen due to its greater proportion of elderly residents, who are more likely to suffer from cardiac disease. Based on a review of literature, interviews with stadium operation managers, focus group studies, a test of content validity, and a pilot study, a survey form was developed to measure fac tors and constraints affecting AED implementation decisions. A mail survey with follow up procedures was conducted. A total of 15 completed forms were returned, representing a response rate of 47%. The majority of respondents were men (87%), CPR certified (60%), represented private facilities (53%), and had worked in their current position an average of 5 years. Only 13% of the respondents were AED certified. …

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