Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program (JSMP) chosen to coordinate distribution of public Automatic External Defibrillators through the AED Alliance of St. Marys, Ga. 

 

Robert Sefcik, ATC, LAT, executive director of the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program, will introduce a program that will help youth athletes and the public in our five-county area have access to life-saving Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).

 The announcement about the new AED Borrow Program, founded by the AED Alliance, will be made on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 11 am, at THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health, located at 3563 Philips Hwy., Building E, Suite 502. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and Jaguars Foundation, which funded the project, will join the JSMP and the AED Alliance of St. Marys, Ga., for this announcement.

The AED Borrow Program was created after the sudden collapse and death of 15-year-old baseball player Andrew Cohn of St. Marys, Ga. Since his passing, his family has been very engaged in making sure other families do not have to suffer the loss of a loved one because an AED is not accessible. Travel teams, church groups, boy/girl scouts and any people that may gather can now borrow the devices at no cost.

An AED is a special portable computer designed to deliver a life-saving shock when needed for someone suffering cardiac arrest. These are manufactured for lay individuals to use in conjunction with CPR.

The Public Borrow Program, now active in four other states will now include five counties in Northeast Florida.

Andrew Cohn’s parents, Becky and Harold Cohn, are founders of the AED Alliance. Mrs. Cohn said, “Very simply, the mission of the AED Alliance’s Public Borrow Program is to make AEDs publicly accessible for bystander usage. If an AED was available at the time of Andrew’s accident rather than locked in a building nearby, he might still be here today.”

Mr. Cohn agrees. “We have the technology, so let’s make it available to save lives.”

The Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program will distribute nine AEDs to eight organizations spread through Northeast Florida. They include Heartland Rehabilitation, Cora Rehabilitation, Progressive Step Physical Therapy, Atlantic Coast Physical Therapy, Preferred Physical Therapy, Select Physical Therapy, Baker County EMS, and St. Johns County Fire and Rescue.

Identifying the appropriate placement locations was important, said Sefcik, who is chair of the FHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and an American Heart Association CPR instructor.

He said, “We were looking for facilities that understand the importance of AEDs and also are closely tied to recreational and competitive young athletes. These partners will help us get the word out to the community so athletic associations and other organizations serving young athletes will know the AEDs are available and so they will be used.”

He added, “These groups employ certified athletic trainers who routinely provide sideline medical services at youth sporting events. They are very aware that having AEDs available at these events could mean the difference between life or death should someone suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.”

To borrow an AED from a participating provider, a user must be certified in CPR, complete an AED Borrow Program application and provide a copy of a driver’s license and valid CPR card.

Location Phone Address Contact Person
Heartland Amelia Island 904.261.7878 96279 Brady Point Rd., Ste. B, Jax Charity Payne
Heartland Middleburg 904.282.8640 2710 Blanding Blvd., Ste 305, Jax Charity Payne
Heartland Northside 904.751.2000 1215 Dunn Ave, Ste 6, Jax Charity Payne
Preferred Physical Therapy 904.215.3958 1835-16 E. West Pkwy., Orange Park Alan Weiss
Progressive Step PT 904.646.1144 720 St. John's Bluff Rd N., Jax Missi Davis
Select PT 904.928.1133 8101 Southside Blvd., Jax Jerry Stevens
Cora Rehab Westside 904.573.0046 6248 103rd St., Jax Jamie Kennedy
Baker County EMS 904.259.0229 1190 W. Macclenny Ave., Macclenny, FL David Richardson
Atlantic Coast PT 904.221.4046 13595 Atlantic Blvd., Ste B, Jax Eva McAllister
St. Johns County Fire / Rescue 903.209.1733 3657 Gaines Road, St. Augustine, FL 32084 Greta Hall

 

 

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