Abstract P158: The Use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in Sport Stadiums
Background. The Dutch major soccer League ranks among the top 5 leagues in Europe. Yearly >10.000.000 spectators visit these stadiums during the soccer competition including international games.
Aim. We investigated whether all Dutch professional soccer stadiums are equipped with medical teams and AED’s and how frequently AED’s were used in the past 2 competitions.
Results. All 20 soccer stadiums returned the questionnaire by mail or phone. These stadiums accomodate 3600 –50.000 visitors per game. In total 10.600.000 spectators visited 712 soccer games in the last 2 seasons. Each stadium has a medical team consisting of 6 –35 paramedics with 1– 6 mobile AED’s dispersed through the stadium. A rapid ground transportation ambulance is always available at 16 of the 20 stadiums during soccer matches. During these seasons, 80 visitors experienced cardiac complaints and were transferred to a hospital. The AED’s were used in 22 cases successfully in all but 2 cases.
Conclusion. Acute cardiac events are not uncommon in visitors of professional soccer games. The AED use saved all but one life. Deployment of medical teams equipped with mobile AED’s should be considered in all major sport stadiums despite a low incidence of resuscitation in these soccer stadiums (<0.001%).