Time is the enemy for victims of SCA.
If the heart is fibrillating or quivering, there is no blood flow to the heart, brain or other vital organs. Death approaches quickly. Immediate CPR and defibrillation is the key to stop the abnormal heart rhythm.
CPR is a bridge or holding mechanism to maintain some blood flow to vital organs in victims of SCA while waiting for life-saving defibrillation from an AED
For every minute that passes without effective CPR and life-saving defibrillation, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 7 to 10%
Only an estimated 8% of victims who experience a SCA in an out-of-hospital setting survive.
There are approximately 295,000 SCA’s every year in the Unites States and most of them are fatal
Communities with AED programs that include CPR and AED training have achieved survival rates of 40% or higher for victims of SCA.
Most SCA’s that take place in public places are “shockable arrhythmias”. Just last week a skier who suddenly collapsed on the slopes in Stowe, VT was revived with bystander CPR and a single shock from an AED and is expected to make a full recovery.