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Sadly, on average, only 7% of people who suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest outside the hospital survive, and survival rates fall by around 10% every minute.
There’s rarely any warning, and a victim of SCA usually collapses and stops breathing immediately. That’s when the clock starts ticking!
Calling 999 in the event of SCA is critical, as is performing CPR on the victim.
In the UK approximately 30,000 people sustain cardiac arrest outside hospital and are treated by emergency medical services (EMS) each year
An average of only 7% of its victims in the UK survive
It can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone, even young athletes
Early defibrillation is the single most effective treatment for SCA
Defibrillation within 3 minutes of collapse can increase the chance of survival to over 70%
What is an AED?
An AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is a small electronic device designed to allow minimally-trained people to provide lifesaving defibrillation (electric shock to the heart) to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. During SCA, the normally organized electrical impulses that initiate cardiac contraction (heartbeats) discharge chaotically, and the heart muscle twitchesspasmodically. An AED applies a brief pulse of electrical current to a heart, allowing the heart’s normal electrical system to resume control.