To Celebrate a Life Saved
Today, Anna has a second chance at life thanks to the quick thinking of a few individuals and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). We worked with Anna to share her story as we passionately believe that the world needs to know about people like Anna who have survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
To Draw Attention to Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Anna is not alone in having had an SCA. Latest statistics suggest that 40,000 Canadians die annually from this electrical malfunction of the heart. SCAs do not discriminate – they can happen to anyone at any time, and without warning.
To Focus on a Solution
The only way to treat an SCA is to deliver a shock by way of an Automated External Defibrillator. The biggest challenge is one of timing. For every 1 minute delay in delivering a shock, the survival rate decreases by 7% to 10% (Larsen et al, 1993).
So, How Do We Work Toward Fewer Deaths Due to SCA?
In the simplest terms, we need more AEDs, greater access to them, and more awareness about their location and use.
SCAs can happen anywhere. With this mind, we need more AEDs in the places that we frequent. If someone is to be shocked within minutes, an AED must always be nearby. Airports have been early adopters of AED technology and have save stories to show for it, which is great. But we need them in more hotels, restaurants, golf courses, schools, community centres, and other areas that people gather.
Having more AEDs out there is the first step, but this will only make a difference if the AEDs can be found and accessed. These life-saving devices must be well signed, and reachable by as many people as possible. An AED hidden away in a back office is far less useful than one on prominent display.
As you move through your daily life, keep an eye out for AEDs. Where does a good job of providing accessible AEDs? Who could use some help?
An increased prevalence of accessible AEDs will certainly make a difference, but increasing awareness about them will take things to another level. The more we know about how easy it is to use an AED, the better the survival outcomes will be.
Workplace programs should ensure that all staff are trained properly, and as responsible members of society, we should all do our part to ensure we are trained on AED use.
Help Us Spread the Word
Every day in Canada, people suffer SCAs and we’d like to see every one of them end with a story like Anna’s.
With this in mind, we’ve created this video.
By sharing it with friends and family, you will be helping us spread the word about SCA and increased survival rates through AED and CPR use.
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