I am sure you have read the stats before, but here they are again:
- In Canada, 35,000 to 45,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest each year.
- Early defibrillation is the only effective treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
- For every one minute delay in defibrillation, the survival rate of a cardiac arrest victim decrease by 7 to 10%.
- After more than 12 minutes of ventricular fibrillation, the survival rate of adults is less than 5%.
These statistics do not paint a pretty picture, and even now, with all the technology at our disposal, AED saves are frighteningly rare. There is no “good time” to have an SCA, but when an individual does survive, it is usually a combination of having an SCA at the “right place and the right time.”
At Iridia, it is one of our goals to increase access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), as well as create more awareness of these devices. Again, the only cure for SCA is early defibrillation.
It’s one thing to hear about a statistic, it’s another to see it in action:
With increased access and widespread awareness, hopefully we will see an increase in similar outcomes.