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Plans, Process, and Practice: Buffalo Bills Athletic Trainer Reflects on Reviving Damar Hamlin

On January 2, 2023, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during a road game in Cincinnati.

The Bills’ Associate Head Athletic Trainer, Denny Kellington, quickly determined that Hamlin was experiencing cardiac arrest and worked with an expert team of medical professionals to perform CPR and restore Hamlin’s heartbeat. Hamlin has since made a full recovery.

In this episode, Denny shares the details of his team’s emergency action plan and how proper preparation and rapid response resulted in a positive outcome that fateful evening.

Listen in to learn:

  • How the Bills coordinate their emergency response before, during, and after an incident
  • Denny’s approach to building trust with players and staff
  • The contingency communication plans that ensure player health and safety
  • How the NFL’s robust mental health response supported the team
  • What every organization can do to prepare for cardiac emergencies

The Employee Safety Podcast is hosted by Peter Steinfeld, SVP of Safety Solutions at AlertMedia.

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