Selection Sunday: Will Your Bracket Survive?

As we are headed into March Madness, the thought of survival is present upon the minds of millions of people in the United States and basketball fans alike. We are all thinking “will my bracket survive?” Or “will I win the work March Madness pool?” Or maybe you are just thinking about Kanye West’s March Madness bracket and flaming him on twitter.

As we have seen, this has been one of the most surprising Selection Sundays yet. We are seeing teams get into March Madness that seemingly came out of left field. Alabama, David Lipscomb, Syracuse, and Oklahoma. In addition to these surprising inclusions were the talented teams that just did not make it, like USC and Oklahoma State. Also, Arizona State entering with an at-large bid! Many say that this just doesn’t make sense. Some say that Arizona States inclusion was almost unforeseen. Most reason that because USC won three more games than Arizona, USC should have gotten in. Yet, here we are. Arizona is in, and USC is out.

This was truly a chest clenching Selection Sunday. It was a reminder to us that surprises happen.. And not all things can be predicted. AED.US is here to help for that unexpected moment, whether it is an edge of your seat selection Sunday or a life threatening cardiac arrest emergency. March Madness is often a reminder to us all that you cannot foresee all things.

Many thought USC and Oklahoma State were going to make it to the dance, possible even the final four.

While many March Madness enthusiasts are asking ourselves, “Will my bracket survive?” A question we never want to ask ourselves is “will my loved one survive?”

In the event of an unforeseen emergency, AED.US is here to help with a wide array of life-saving products. AED.US offers Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), first aid kits, batteries and replacement electrodes as well as host of training products and services.

As we have seen, being prepared for everything is not possible. But with packed stadiums this March Madness, all arenas will likely have multiple AEDs placed throughout the facility because the value and very real potential need for them during an emergency.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest accounts for more than 350,000 deaths in the U.S. and is one of the leading causes of death in the United States each year. It can happen at any time, and it is essential to be prepared in the event of an emergency. In the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, CPR and an AED can greatly increase the chance of survival.

The games during March Madness will have packed stadiums. Often with large groups of people, it is difficult for EMS to arrive as quickly as needed and when time is of the essence in a cardiac emergency, the shot clock is ticking. That is why these venues place AEDs in several areas for easy access. Instead of someone waiting for EMS to arrive with valuable minutes passing by, a bystander equipped with an on-hand AED can save a life.

In addition to being prepared for an event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest by having on hand an AED, one should also be prepared by knowing how to use a lifesaving AED device. AED.US proudly provides training products, on-site Classes and AED Program management. An AED is only good if it’s deployed. And when deployed, that AED needs to be ready. As our motto states “Our mission, our passion, our duty is to forge stronger links in the chain of survival.” This March Madness we would like to remind people that AEDs are essential to have on hand and are a vital tool to save lives in the event of SCA.

So, as you built your bracket for the 2018 March Madness season and thought about the survival of your favorite teams, AED.US would like your bracket survival to be the only survival you worry about. The survival of a loved one during a game should be the farthest thing from your mind as these athletic venues are equipped with AEDs and skilled people trained on how to use these lifesaving devices.

This March Madness season be prepared for any surprises whether it be selection Sunday or a cardiac arrest emergency.

Let us know how you feel about this Selection Sunday and share this helpful article with your family and friends!


  • AHA. “American Heart Association.” March 2018.

Written by Blaire

Written by Blaire Czarniecki
Customer Service Director

Fact checked by Phillip Woods, BA, NREMT-P, FP-C

Blaire attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology- Child and Family Studies. She has been in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) industry for over eight years and is the Director of Customer Service for Coro Medical. Blaire is also an American Red Cross-certified CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, highly trained by each manufacturer on their specific AEDs, and knowledgeable regarding ALL State AED regulations and legislation.

“I know that every day I come to work, I am playing a part in saving someone’s life. I am passionate about these devices and am always looking for new and innovative ways to spread awareness and knowledge about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I look forward to the day when everywhere I go, I will see an AED—when SCA will no longer take any lives.”

Last updated March 13, 2018