4 steps to take if someone is having a cardiac arrest
Cardiac arrests can happen to anyone, at any time. The following steps give someone the best chance of survival. If you come across someone in cardiac arrest:
-Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there’s one nearby
-Turn on the defibrillator and follow its instructions.
- Each year, over 7 million people suffer from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) with no warning and only 5 – 10% of those affected will survive.
- With statistics like these, it’s shocking to find out 52% of organisations never even consider buying a defibrillator (Facilities Management Journal 2017).
- But with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), survival rates from a SCA rocket up to 75%.
- When you consider that each minute that passes by without defibrillation reduces survival rates by 7 – 10% … it makes for scary reading!
Be prepared, you never know who/where or when cardiac arrest may happen!