Why should I get an AED?
Sudden Cardiac Attack (SCA) and many other cardiac related incidents happen between 140,000 and 200,000 times a year in the UK. This means it is one of the UKs largest killers. It is also not just the elderly or middle-aged that are at risk, SCA can happen to any one at anytime and at any age.
Studies have shown that every minute the chances of survival reduce by 10-14% every minute after a cardiac event and if CPR and defibrillation are performed within 3-5 minutes then the chances of survival are greatly increased. Emergency services can respond quickly, but can they reach a patient within 8 minutes? Many people know how to perform CPR, but CPR is never enough to restart a heart if it has lost cardiac rhythm, so having a AED to hand allows a minimally trained operator the ability to perform a defibrillation within seconds of an attack occurring, safe in the knowledge the AED will analyse the patient and guide you through performing the defibrillation.
If you add an AED to health and safety equipment and have a number of trained operators at hand then as with a fire extinguisher you can react to an emergency situation with the equipment you need to make the difference and save lives.