Installing DEA defibrillators on ski slopes is essential as it is a mass sport of moderate high intensity, a mountain sport that can be practiced by any person and age, although at certain ages skiing must be practiced with certain precautions.
In the practice of alpine skiing we find that it can become a sport of high physical demand with the risk of suffering falls and / or strong impacts, since while skiing we can fall in icy areas, collide with trees, fences, or also suffer an accident against another skier, for this reason there are several factors that can trigger a cardiac arrest practicing this sport.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world, so it is vitally important to raise awareness and educate those around us about cardioprotection and cardiovascular health.
A study published in the "New England Journal of Medicine" demonstrated that automated external defibrillators reduce the risk of death by an average of 70%. The study was conducted with more than 44.000 participants in an international setting involving 183 different trials. The intention was to analyze the efficacy of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in preventing death in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Why is it important to install AED defibrillators on ski slopes?
When it comes to winter sports like: cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing, or ice hockey, it is very important to be aware of the risks involved. You must ensure that you protect yourself from falls and minimize the possibility of an accident occurring. Bumps can also be a problem, and you need to make sure you have the right gear to deal with hazards and weather conditions.
AEDs on the ski slopes contribute to the safety of the environment and that of the skiers. Cardioprotection and defibrillators are more necessary in those sports where weather conditions or the very nature of the sport increases the chances of suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest.
Cardiovascular risks in skiing
The sport of skiing has many health benefits. This type of sport generates an extra effort for our cardiovascular system, which can be beneficial for our health, however there are also risks for our heart as it is an over-exertion activity and that can cause multiple injuries in its practice.
Most people think that the risk of skiing is bodily injury. It is true that these types of injuries represent a risk, but we must also be aware that skiing involves an increase in stress on the heart.
Not only due to an accident while skiing can end up causing a sudden cardiac arrest, but also due to weather conditions that accelerate our metabolism to maintain our body temperature.
Skiing requires cardiovascular effort, so it is not surprising that ski athletes have heavier and larger hearts than most people. There are also a multitude of mountain sports that are considered extreme sports where the risk of suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest is much higher.
Sports such as alpine skiing that consists of going down snow slopes at high speed and following a path marked with beacons that limit the slopes, where we can find obstacles such as other skiers, trees, snow cannons, etc.
Dr. Zigor Madaria, a specialist in sports cardiology makes a recommendation for all those patients with diseases of the cardiovascular system: "Many mountain sports such as skiing carry a high cardiovascular risk, so patients with cardiovascular diseases are rarely advised to practice extreme sports"
The best AED defibrillator for cardioprotection at low temperatures
Your heart is also at risk when you are skiing, that is why, in addition to good snow equipment, it is also important to have a DEA defibrillator equipment nearby that efficiently protects cardio, at the same time that it can overcome adverse weather conditions with very low temperatures. high altitude.
The ZOLL AED 3 defibrillator installed in a closed cabinet can withstand temperatures between -30ºC and 70ºC. If we configure the ZOLL AED PLUS in its semi-automatic configuration, it resists a temperature of up to 60ºC. These two models operate in relative humidity ranges of 10-95% and at an altitude of up to 4573 meters.
It is convenient to assess the climatic conditions to which the defibrillator will be exposed, as some of our watertight cabinets have systems capable of compensating for adverse weather conditions for the defibrillators they house: cabinets that ventilate or heat the interior of the cabinet if the outside temperatures reached are close to the configured ranges. Showcases for defibrillators that have polycarbonate doors, which mitigate the greenhouse effect.
The resistance of the defibrillator to use in adverse conditions and situations must also be considered. The ZOLL AED 3 defibrillator has been listed as an anti-shock defibrillator resistant to falls and shocks.
At Proyecto Salvavidas we have a catalog of display cabinets to protect your defibrillator and ensure its function if needed. We have an outdoor display case with different configurations that will adjust to the climatic conditions that the defibrillator needs.