Leading by example, Conlon Construction have taken a step to giving anyone in the organisation and local community a better chance of survival if Cardiac Arrest was to strike. When an AED and CPR are immediately available, the chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest is substantially improved. Combined with CPR, the use of an AED may increase the likelihood of survival by 75% or more”
Current UK survival rates among people who have a cardiac arrest outside hospital remain extremely poor, varying from 2% to 12%. Every year an estimated 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in the UK, 30,000 of which are treated by emergency medical services (British Medical Journal).
Optimal use of the “chain of survival” is what makes the difference between life and death. 30 years ago it was discovered that when someone suffered an out of hospital Cardiac arrest; if certain things happened in a certain order, their chances of survival increased. This concept is now known as the Chain of Survival. The Chain of survival is made up of four links; three of which can be strengthened by members of the public who take some time to learn basic life skills. The first link is early recognition; being able to recognise someone is in Cardiac arrest is the first step to helping them. The second link is early CPR; by performing chest compressions you can keep their heart going until a defibrillator arrives. The third link is early defibrillation. Finally, the forth link is early advanced care. This is delivered by the paramedics who arrive shortly after. If you start CPR within 2 minutes, place a defibrillator on their chest in four minutes and a paramedic arrives in 8, they have a 40% chance of survival.
A defibrillator also known as a ‘defib’ or automated external defibrillator (AED) can mean the difference between life and death for the victim of a sudden cardiac arrest. This portable device checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
A patient’s chance of survival decreases 14% every minute that passes without defibrillation; with the application of an AED within 5 minutes of collapse the best possible chance of survival is maintained (North West Ambulance Service).
AED machines are built to be easy to use, safe and reliable giving verbal insturctions throughout treatment. If someone is in cardiac arrest (unresponsive and not breathing at all or not breathing normally) don’t be scared to use one, the AED will not let you shock a person it is not appropriate.
AEDs save lives
“The Resuscitation Council (UK) strongly recommends the implementation of early defibrillation. Increased provision of early defibrillation through the widespread deployment of AEDs is now considered a realistic strategy for reducing mortality from cardiac arrest due to ischaemic heart disease.” (The Resuscitation Council UK)
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