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General AED & CPR Resources
Check out the facts below...
• Heart Attack is the number one killer of adults according to the American Heart Association, killing more than 400,000 people a year.
• The American Heart Association says 40,000 lives could be saved yearly with more AEDs.
• Without treatment, victims have only minutes to live, but with first aid CPR and defibrillation, the survival rate can exceed 50%.
• If the necessary life-saving equipment and first aid does not arrive in time, typical survival rates are only 2%-5%.
• 80 percent of all sudden cardiac arrests happen at home, and almost 60 percent are witnessed (as stated by the American Heart Association).
• 80% of what a paramedic does is defibrillate.
• The American Heart Association reports that brain damage can
start to occur in just four to six minutes after the heart stops pumping blood.
• AEDs should be brought to a patient's side in less than 4 minutes. Response time should be calculated based on a moderately brisk walking speed of approximately 4 feet per second.
• To meet a response time goal of 3 minutes, the defibrillator needs to be within 360 feet (90 seconds times 4 feet/second) of any given place.
• The American Heart Association encourages the widespread use of AEDs by trained lay rescuers through community AED programs
• Studies have shown that the need to climb stairs or use elevators can significantly slow response time. As a rule, for multi-story buildings, a minimum of one defibrillator per floor is recommended.
• Stat Services can advise you on all of these issues and answer any other questions you may have about your office or personal AED and first aid procedures.
Provide the best opportunity for survival, each of these four links must be put into motion within the first few minutes of SCA onset:
• Early Access to Emergency Care must be provided by calling 911.
• Early CPR should be started and maintained until emergency medical services (EMS) arrive.
• Early Defibrillation is the only one that can re-start the heart function of a person with ventricular fibrillation (VF). If an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available, a trained operator should administer defibrillation as quickly as possible until EMS personnel arrive.
• Early Advanced Care, the final link, can then be administered as needed by EMS personnel.
When each link in the chain works successfully, the chance of surviving SCA increases greatly.