Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) continues to be an epidemic in the United States that very few people are talking about. Did you know that the number of people who die each year from SCA is roughly equivalent to the number who die from Alzheimers disease, assault with firearms, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes, HIV, house fires, motor vehicle accidents, prostate cancer and suicides combined!
Sudden cardiac may not have a short term fix, but it is a correctable condition. It has been well documented that early intervention from bystanders including high quality CPR and early introduction of an AED greatly improves a victims chance of survival.
Steps to Save a Life!
Make sure you're working in a safe area
Confirm the victim is unresponsive and not breathing or not breathing normally
Call 9-1-1 or direct someone to call 9-1-1!
Go get an AED or send another rescuer to get it
Start chest compressions by pushing hard and fast on the center of the victims chest
Apply the AED as soon as possible without delaying high quality CPR
Follow the prompts of the AED, shock victim if necessary and immediately resume CPR!