Facts and Figures

If you’re visiting our website with the view to buying a defibrillator, then you are on the first step of the ladder to making your environment heart safe.

To help you understand just how important access to a defibrillator is in an emergency situation, our Brand Ambassador, British Olympic athlete Zoe Gillings-Brier provides some of the latest facts and figures out there which surround sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Whilst these facts are incredibly frightening, having more AEDs readily available in public locations will help to improve these numbers and increase chances of SCA survival. 
Further Facts and Figures
  • Approximately 30,000 Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests occur every year in the UK
  • In 2013, the Emergency Medical Services attempted to resuscitate approximately 28,000 people after they suffered an Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest
  • Of the 28,000 people that emergency services attempted to resuscitate, only 8.6% survived and were discharged from hospital
  • Approximately 80% of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests occur at Home; 20% will occur in public places
  • The current rate of initial bystander CPR in England is reported to be around 43%
  • 12 people under the age of 35 die every week due to sudden cardiac arrest in the UK
  • 270 children die in the UK every year after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at school
  • When someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 7-10%
  • Currently, only 20% of cardiac arrest victims are in a ‘shockable’ rhythm when the EMS arrive; this figure can be increased if more cardiac arrest victims received immediate, effective CPR from bystanders
  • Passive smoking increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease by up to 30%
  • If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, survival chances increase from 6% to 74%
  • The emergency services average response time to a cardiac event related incident in an urban area has increased from 8 to 11 minutes
  • Without immediate treatment, 90-95% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims will die


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