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Michigan golf courses provide sub par cardiac arrest assistance

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Michigan is known for having some of the best golf courses in the country, however most courses lack a plan to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest.

Dr. Robert Swor of Beaumont hospital conducted a study of 39 Michigan courses that saw a cardiac arrest. Only nine of those courses owned an automated external defibrillator and of those nine only two used the AED.

"For a number of reasons whether its liability concerns, cost concerns, practical aspects, getting training, they dont have them," Swor said, regarding the lack of AEDs on golf courses. "There needs to be a system in place at the golf course so that for instance if somebody collapses that one of the golfers calls the clubhouse, the clubhouse takes the defibrillator out to where the patient is or while EMS is waiting to get there."

AEDs cost about $1,500 a piece, so until they become standard on courses, you may want to make sure someone in your foursome knows CPR.

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