Sudden Cardiac Arrest knows no boundaries.
No matter where or when Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) strikes, early use of a defibrillator can save lives. In fact, it is proven to be the only effective treatment for SCA.
In the UK approximately 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrest outside hospital each year and sadly only 7% of victims survive. It can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone, even young fit 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%. There is rarely any warning, and a victim of SCA usually collapses and stops breathing immediately. That’s when the clock starts ticking.
The potential for saving a life is dependent upon time; the faster medical help can be obtained the better the chance of survival. For every minute that passes following a SCA, before defibrillation, survival rates reduce by 10%. Calling 999 in the event of SCA is as crucial as performing CPR on the patient. In rural areas it takes time to get medical help so Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) play an important part in saving lives.
Are you ready to save a life?
Having an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) close by can mean the difference between life and death for a victim of SCA. Time to defibrillation, the most critical factor in SCA survival, can be reduced if a defibrillator is on-site and can be brought to the patient quickly. This is one of the reasons survival rates improve in communities with active Community Public Access Defibrillators.
Do you have an AED?
Many people are willing to come to the aid of a victim of SCA, but many more would be prepared to help if they had the confidence to administer CPR and operate an AED. A speedy response from the first person on scene can make a real difference to the outcome for a victim of SCA and with training, anyone can use an AED easily, safely and with confidence.
By purchasing a defibrillator from LIVES you will not only be helping members of the local community, you will also be directly supporting LIVES responders in your area.