Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) happens when there is an electrical malfunction sending the heart into a state of “fibrillation”. The heart uses electrical impulses which regulate rhythm and cause the heart to beat. In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the electrical malfunction causes the heart to enter a state of “fibrillation”, where it quivers, rather than beats and effectively stops pumping oxygenated blood to the brain or vital organs. The longer the heart quivers or has an irregular beat, the risk of damage to vital organs increases and ultimately the patient loses consciousness and collapses.
Unfortunately if not treated, death can occur within minutes.
While CPR is absolutely essential in cardiac arrest, the only proven clinical way to restart the heart is with a defibrillator.
Research has shown that survival rates from SCA drop approximately 10% for every minute post SCA, so it is crucial that patients receive CPR and defibrillation as soon as possible.
Our ambulance services do a fantastic job, however, realistically, there is no guarantee that they will be in attendance in the vital minutes following a SCA event. With published average response times for ambulances well over 10 minutes, having a defibrillator close by is the only way you can be ready to save a life.
No-one – organisations, businesses, community groups and individuals – should have a first aid program that solely relies on calling 000 and waiting for help.
With over 30,000 outside of hospital SCA deaths every year, SCA is one of the leading cause of death in Australia.
Simply put, promptness of care and having the right tools, can mean the difference between life and death.