A combination of early access, early CPR, early defibrillation and early advance care, all crucial links in the American Heart Association's
Chain of Survival, can save as many as 1/3 to 1/2 of sudden cardiac arrest victims in treatable heart rhythms. The shorter the time from
collapse to defibrillation, the better the chances of survival. The new AEDs are safe, effective, lightweight, low maintenance, and easy to
use. Training takes two to four hours and established training programs are available.
Did you know?
(Findings made by Congress in the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of (November)2000)
- More than 700 lives are lost every day to sudden cardiac arrest in the Untied States alone.
- Two out of every three sudden cardiac deaths occur before a victim can reach a hospital.
- More than 95 percent of these cardiac arrest victims will die, many because of a lack of readily available life saving medical equipment.
- Once a victim has suffered a cardiac arrest, every minute that passes before returning the heart to a normal rhythm decreases the chance of survival
- Communities that have implemented programs ensuring widespread public access to defibrillators, combined with appropriate training, maintenance,
and coordination with local emergency medical systems, have dramatically improved the survival rates from cardiac arrest.
What can you do?
1. Learn CPR
2. Encourage your employer to develop a Public Access Defibrillation
or Lay Rescuer Public Access AED Provider Program.
3. Participate in the AED Program at your place of work.
4. We encourage any organization or business to consider becoming a
Public Access AED Provider.
COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO HEALTH AGENCY
PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DIVISION
Working to assure that our county’s residents and visitors receive optimal prehospital care on a daily basis and protection during public health emergencies.
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