More than 600 young people a year die from cardiac arrest, 80% showing no prior symptoms.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be triggered by undiagnosed Heart condition, Asphyxiation, Electrocution, Exertion, and Chest Impact/Trauma.
Staff and Visitors are also vulnerable to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Every minute that the heart is not beating lowers the chances of survival by 7-10%.
Within 4-6 minutes, brain damage starts to occur.
After 10 minutes, very few people survive.
With such short timescales, waiting for the emergency services to arrive could mean that it’s already too late or the chances of survival are very slim.
The South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT), for example, aims to hit the eight-minute target for life-threatening situations 75% of the time, which, if the patient is supported with CPR and Defibrillation on site within the first few minutes may be okay. If not, the situation would not be hopeful.
The only proven treatment to restore a normal heart rhythm after an SCA is defibrillation with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Early defibrillation is vital and having an AED onsite could prove to be the difference between life and death.