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 and 4-time British Olympian, 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.
There are a huge number of statistics that show the risk SCA and why defibrillators are so important and should be available in public buildings, leisure centres, workplaces, schools and community areas across the UK, to name a few.
- 270 children die in the UK every year after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at school
- Based on European data, it is estimated that there is approxiately 60,000 Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests occur every year in the UK
- In England alone, the Ambulance Service attemps resuscitation in aroud 30,000 OHCA cases, anually
- Approximately 80% of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests occur at Home; 20% will occur in public places
- Without immediate treatment, 90-95% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims will die
- If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, their chance of survival increases from 6% to 74%
- Only 22% of people in the UK would be confident in performing CPR on a stranger
Response Times and their Importance
- The emergency services average response time to a cardiac event related incident in an urban area is 11 minutes
- For every minute that goes by where a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest does not receive treatment, their chance of survival decreases by 10%
- If defibrillation through a defibrillator occurs within 1 minute of the victim collapsing, the victim's survival rate increases to 90%
- For defibrillation to be successful, it needs to be delivered within a few minutes of the patient's heart entering into Ventricular Fibrillation (VF), but this period can be extended slightly if a bystander provides effective Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) without delay or hesitancy
- The likelihood of causing harm to the patient by performing CPR or using an AED is very small
- Basic first aid will maintain an oxygen supply to the patient's brain and other vital organs and make it more likely that the heart can be restarted by a defibrillator
- The main reason so few people survive Sudden Cardiac Arrest is due to defibrillation not being provided quickly enough after they have collapsed
SCA Risk Factors
- There is usually no prior warning signs associated with Sudden Cardiac Arrest
- Factors such as the patient's current health condition, gender, age and ethnicity do not factor when determining the cause of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
- Most Sudden Cardiac Arrest cases are due to an abnormality of the heart's electrical rhythm called Ventricular Fibrillation (VF)
- Physically strenuous jobs will put people at a higher risk of falling victim to Sudden Cardiac Arrest
- Factors such as having a high blood pressure reading, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol levels, congential heart disease (CHD) and diabetes can make a person more susceptible to Sudden Cardiac Arrest
- Additional things such as electrocution, drowning, trauma, choking or respiratory arrest can potentially lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Case Studies & Campaigns
- London Ambulance Service: LAS' Shockingly Easy Campaign aimed to get 1,000 extra defibrillators across the public sector in the capital
- Save A Life for Scotland: In conjunction with St. John Scotland, their aim is to train Scotland in CPR and save 1,000 lives by 2020
- Progetto Vita: An 18 year study into AEDs and sports centres
If you would like to learn more about the heart, cardiac arrest, defibrillators and everything in between, you could always check out our recently updated and rebooted FAQ page which features a whole host of informative videos.
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