What is Cardiac Arrest?
Every year there are around 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests in the UK. Unfortunately, just under half of the people who suffer a cardiac arrest will die. What does ‘Cardiac Arrest’ actually mean? According to the British Heart Foundation, “A cardiac arrest happens when your heart stops pumping blood around your body.”. When this happens, we only have a very short time to react. The reaction that you give could be the difference between someone living or dying.
During a cardiac arrest the casualty will only have around 4-5 minutes of oxygen circulating around their body. During this short time, the casualties body will slowly start to shut itself down, as blood flowing into the brain and other vital organs will be reduced and then stopped. This is why what we do within this 4-5 minute time period is vital.
Increase survival by 60-70%
For every minute without CPR or defibrillation, the casualties survival rate will reduce by 7-10%. The importance of CPR is to keep the casualties blood pumping to the vital organs which will keep them alive until the emergency services arrive. The survival rates for CPR alone are just 6%, however, if a defibrillator is used within the first 3 minutes of cardiac arrest the casualties chances of survival will rise to 60-70%.
With these statistics, it is no wonder that more and more defibrillators are being brought into public areas as well as working environments. Golf clubs, community centres, schools, sports centres, train stations and shopping centres are all places that are now providing public AEDs (automated external defibrillator). Many rural communities are also providing public access to defibrillators which are located in easily accessible locations within small towns and villages.
Who can use a defibrillator?
Although training is advised and available on how to use an AED, they are very straight forward and user friendly. Many of the different makes and models will provide a simple picture guide as instructions and all of them will give direct instructions through audio speakers built into the machine. Not only should these devises be readily accessed by anyone who is in need but they should also be easy to use.
Watch this short video to see exactly how easy it is to use a defibrillator.
Training can be provided on how to use a defibrillator for any businesses or centres that have recently purchased an AED for their premises. Although they can be easy to use and very user friendly it is always advised that anyone who is working in an area that could use a defibrillator should be trained on how to use one. These basic skills can make the difference between a casualty living or dying.
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