Sudden Cardiac Arrest
It’s always great to hear stories of those who survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Unfortunately they are few and far between. For an out of hospital SCA, the chances of survival are reduced to a dismal 5 percent.
But don’t fear, a treatment is out there! The use of an AED with CPR within the first three minutes of a cardiac arrest can increase the individual’s chance of survival by up to 75%.
All it takes is a little preparation and training. If you live or work in a high risk area (see old post), you should have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program. With an AED program in place you are increasing the chances of survival for anyone who has an SCA.
Luckily, most people will never be put into a position where they have to grab an Automated External Defibrillator and save a life, but if it happens, you want to be prepared.
Staff at a Parksville BC, arena never imagined it would happen to them but they were ready when the time came.
Over the past three months the arena staff used their CPR and AED training not once, but twice. In two separate incidents staff had to fetch their on-site AED and administer a life-saving shock.
The first took place on September 21st when an arena patron collapsed on the ice while playing hockey. With the help of a bystander, staff reacted quickly and efficiently calling 911 and performing ongoing CPR.
“Their efforts during the critical time before emergency services arrived, without a doubt, saved a life,” said Tom
Osborne, the General Manager of Recreation and Parks for the Regional District of Nanaimo.
The patron, Bernie Diakow underwent heart by-pass surgery and now is home after recovering for nine weeks at Victoria General Hospital.
Fast-forward almost two months to December 7th, another hockey player collapsed at the arena. The staff again retrieved their first aid kit and the AED. The AED was then used and CPR continued until a pulse was detected.
“The wife of the patron was told by the ambulance attendants and hospital staff that if CPR and the AED were not administered when it was, her husband would not be with us today. We are pleased to say this wife will now likely have her husband home for Christmas,” said Osborne.
The staff at the arena were not lucky, they were prepared. Are you?