On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, a jogger in Singapore experienced a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) event when he suddenly collapsed and fainted in the midst of his run.
A passerby spotted the man on the pavement, called the paramedics, and immediately began conducting CPR on him while waiting for help. When the man realized that the jogger had no pulse or heart beat, he immediately asked a bystander to retrieve a HeartSine automated external defibrillator (AED) located at a nearby school within very close proximity. Once the HeartSine AED was retrieved, two shocks were administered to the man, and his pulse and breathing returned.
Fortunately, due to the passerby’s heroic efforts and the availability of an easy-to-use HeartSine AED at a nearby school, this man’s life was saved. The patient is now recovering at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH).
With 84 percent of SCA events occurring outside of the healthcare setting, it is imperative to have an AED on hand in the event of a cardiac emergency. CPR alone will not restart the heart, so the American Heart Association and ERC recommend CPR combined with early defibrillation (within three to five minutes) for the best outcome. SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes and it claims more than seven million lives annually.
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