Put the AED in FirstAid!
May 29th, 2015
Will you know what to do?
June 1-7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. 90% of people who suffer cardiac arrest die. BUT CPR+AED (automated external defibrillator) can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival. If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you care about: a spouse, parent, child, friend or co-worker.
If you witness someone collapse:
1. Call 911 2. Do CPR 3. Use an AED
The Life-saving importance of AEDs:
- Defibrillation within three minutes of SCA increases the chances of survival to 70%. Shock within one minute of collapse raises the survival rate to 90%.
- Calling 911 is necessary but the wait for first responders may take too long
So what is a Sudden Cardiac Arrest anyway?
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heartbeat stops abruptly and unexpectedly. This usually is caused by an abnormality in the heart's electrical system. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain, the heart and the rest of the body, and the person collapses. In fact, the victim is clinically dead and will remain so unless someone helps immediately. But a quick combination of CPR and defibrillation can restore life! Unfortunately, the first symptom of sudden cardiac arrest is sudden cardiac arrest. That is why the general public and, especially, everyone in the workplace need to be armed with the knowledge of what to do if they were to witness someone collapse. With better education and awareness we can make survival of a SCA far more common.
Learn more about how you could save a life here
Save a life. It's in your hands.