A healthy heart is essential to our wellbeing, yet each year in the UK around 30,000 people have a sudden cardiac arrest outside of the hospital environment. If the cardiac arrest isn’t treated quickly and correctly, it can have devastating consequences.
Cardiac arrest can affect anyone at any time. It isn’t age-specific, or gender-specific, and can occur in young children at school, teenagers at home, or adults at work. It doesn’t differentiate between the rich or the poor and it can often strike the person you might least expect.
The British Heart Foundation statistics show 90% of cardiac arrests result in fatality.
Unlike a heart attack, where the blood supply to the heart fails, a cardiac arrest is the result of an electrical failure within the heart causing it to stop beating completely.
This is when having a defibrillator on site in a school, workplace, community centre, train station, airport, sports centre or in the high street can save lives and despite common misconception, you don’t need to be an expert to use one.
If you suspect someone is at risk of cardiac arrest:
- Dial 999 immediately.
- Start CPR.
- Ask for a defibrillator (if there is one nearby).
- Turn on the defibrillator and follow its instructions closely.
- When the defibrillator pads are attached, the device will assess the heart rhythm.
- The defibrillator will only instruct to deliver a shock if it is needed.
Every minute without CPR and defibrillation can reduce the survival percentage by up to 10%.
Between the 3rd and 9th of June it’s World Heart Rhythm Week, where education on arrythmia, irregular heartbeats and abnormal heart rhythm, is readily available and everyone is encouraged to find out more about the heart and its role in our body.
Some symptoms of arrythmia:
- Feeling lightheaded.
- Skipped heartbeats.
- Premature heartbeats.
World Heart Rhythm Week is organised by the Arrhythmia Alliance, a collaboration of professionals, patients and charities working together to publicise the diagnosis and treatment of arrythmia.
From having a solid understanding of basic first aid to raising money to install defibrillators in schools and public places, there are many ways you can be involved.
For more information on defibrillators and how to perform CPR, please contact us to deliver quality first aid training in your workplace or community. Defibrillators save lives and having regular medical training can give individuals and employees the confidence and ability to act quickly should an emergency arise. We are proud to be able to supply defibrillators to help you save lives, please contact the team for more information.