If you have a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and happens outside of a hospital environment they say you have a fewer than 1 in 10 chance of surviving, according to the UK Resuscitation Council.
The ambulance service attends to around 30,000 cases each year alone in England and that’s just England, so by adding Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland it will be significantly higher.
In the last year or so we have seen a significant increase in members of the public wanting to learn CPR and how to use an AED (defibrillator) safely and competently. It can make such a difference to someone’s life expectancy if one can be used in the few minutes of someone having a heart attack.
Many businesses have bought AEDs for use on their business sites and they too initially have had their doubts about having them and we share this in another blog we wrote AED and Business.