Preparing for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Remote Environments: Strategies for Successful Camp AED Programs

Last summer, two Silver Springs, Maryland, YMCA employees saved the life of a camp member who experienced sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by quickly using an automated external defibrillator (AED). This year, a sixteen-year-old Boy Scout died from sudden cardiac arrest at an Oregon camp despite efforts to revive him with an AED and CPR. What do these two stories have in common? Both camps possessed AEDs which were used quickly when SCA struck.