“The Resuscitation Council (UK) strongly suggests a policy of early attempted defibrillation”
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The guidelines also point out that with every minute of delay from the onset of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) to defibrillation; the chances of survival diminish by 10%. After 10 minutes the chances of survival are almost zero. For optimum survival rates as part of the chain of survival, defibrillation should occur within the first 4-6 minutes following a SCA, after this time brain damage begins to occur.
With the average response time of emergency services in the UK being 10 minutes, the big question is:
Where is your nearest AED?
Does SCA really happen in the workplace?
Yes – sudden cardiac arrest can strike virtually anyone – man or woman, young or old – anywhere, anytime and often without warning. In fact, 13 percent of workplace fatalities are from sudden cardiac arrest.
Many factors in the workplace can increase the risk of SCA or limit the timely delivery of potentially lifesaving defibrillation therapy:
- An ageing work force, particularly in industrial companies;
- Work sites with high voltage equipment;
- Urban locations, which may be difficult for emergency responders to reach due to the need to negotiate traffic, staircases, elevators, escalators or crowds of people;
- Industrial campuses that may have tight security controls or spread out facilities;
- Relatively remote locations, which may result in longer response times by emergency medical services
Why should my company purchase a defibrillator?
The person that collapses in the work place is most likely to be a witnessed arrest. In this case early defibrillation would increase survival rates from less than 5% to more than 50%.