Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the world’s biggest killer. Every year, it claims the lives of three million people worldwide and 140,000 in the UK alone, more than breast, prostate and lung cancer combined. Obesity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, high blood pressure and a cholesterol heavy diet can all be contributing factors, but a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re free from risk. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is very different to a heart attack and it can strike anyone, anywhere at any time.
The snow outside may be pretty but we all know the kind of havoc that can be caused by a drop in temperature and severe wintery conditions. It’s not just transport and your heating bills that are likely to be affected, it could be your defibrillator too.
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Can you imagine finding somebody in need of a defibrillator immediately, and not knowing where the nearest one is and watching them pass away?
AEDs have dramatically evolved over the past few years and have become incredibly easy and simple to use – even an untrained civilian. The movement towards easy to use defibrillators has pushed forward the need them to be available in all public facilities.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest affects anybody. The preconceptions that it only happens to the elderly or the unfit are far from the reality. When someone suffers from an SCA, their heart electrically malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly, unable to pump oxygenated blood around the body.
Mace Group, Morgan Sindall and Wates Group – a combined workforce of over 15,000 employees, have put in place schemes to distribute AEDs and training to groups of workers to help fight against Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Isn’t it time your organisation did the same? Surely your employees deserve the benefit of being protected against SCA?
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) affects athletes from all walks of sport. The preconception that SCA only happens to the elderly or the unhealthy is far from the real scenario. Unfortunately, there are many cases every year of SCA in children & athletes – and if fast medical action isn’t taken, it can result in fatal devastating circumstances
Thousands of athletes suffer from underlying heart conditions associated with SCA. Often, these conditions are unbeknownst to the victim and be triggered at any time. Even more so, during physical activity. Every week athletes are put under a higher risk of suffering from SCA, yet, unfortunately most sporting clubs do not have the necessary equipment on-site to save lives.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can affect anybody, regardless of age, gender, fitness and lifestyle. The preconception is that SCA only happens to the elderly or the unhealthy. There are many cases every year of SCA in children – and if fast medical action isn’t taken, it can result in fatal devastating circumstances. Continue reading “Too many young people are killed every week from Sudden Cardiac Arrest: It’s time to act!”
As a teacher or parent, your main concerns are child health, well-being and safety.
Did you know that 12 young people die each week due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and of these, 270 deaths happen at school each year in the UK?
These statistics may come as a surprise to you but this is the reality we’re living in. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the world’s biggest killer which strikes people of all ages. A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any age, height, size or gender which is what makes it so frightening. There doesn’t have to be any pre-existing heart conditions or family heart problems. You could be the healthiest, energetic person and still you can be struck suddenly.
For every minute that passes during an SCA attack without intervention, chances of survival drop by 10%. The only real chance of survival from SCA is a quick response with CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The chain of survival is the most important procedure to follow. Immediate access to a defibrillator is imperative for survival. If a defibrillator is used and CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes, survival chances increase from 6% to 74%. The quicker the treatment is provided, the higher the survival rate.
The HSE have revised the Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work syllabuses following the changes to Resuscitation Council UK guidelines on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in October 2015. The revision requires all workplace first aiders to be trained in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the 31 December 2016. This meets the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines which now state that the management of a casualty requiring CPR is to request an AED.
Defibrillators often remind people of watching medical dramas such as Casualty or ER – the patient stops breathing and as the tension mounts, nurses or doctors place paddles onto the chest and administer an electric shock which makes the patient bounce vertically in the air. Because of these memories, most people are wary of defibrillators, yet they are critical to the survival of someone experiencing cardiac arrest.