AED Awareness: Are You Prepared for Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. SCA strikes from 400,000 to 460,000 people a year in North America with no warning and no pattern. Only 5–10% currently survives nationwide.

When SCA strikes, there’s little time to react and even less time to think. Think about the many public places you go each day – such as your workplace, stores, restaurants, churches or schools. Is there an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) nearby? When it comes to SCA, time is of the essence. Every minute that passes without defibrillation reduces survival rate by 7–10%.

Sadly, the typical EMS response time of 11.5 minutes falls outside average survival rates. Survival rates above 50% have been achieved when effective CPR is applied and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are readily available. American Heart Association guidelines recommend access to an AED within 90 seconds. Look around and take notice: where are the AEDs near you?