It's shockingly simple to save a life.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a serious condition that causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.
Who experiences SCA?
Nationally, SCA is the #3 killer of Americans (The Institute of Medicine), with more than 300,000 cases per year (Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation). This means every 1-2 minutes, an American experiences SCA (National Center for Early Defibrillation). There is no victim profile – SCA can happen to anyone.
What can I do if someone around me experiences SCA?
Untreated, SCA survival rate is about 10% (The Institute of Medicine). With use of a lifesaving device called an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), the chance of survival increases by more than 30%. For every minute without treatment, survival decreases up to 10% (SCA Foundation).
If you see SCA, you need to act fast! Call 911, start chest compressions, find an AED, and follow the prompts.
What is an AED and how do I get one?
An AED is a device that delivers an electric shock to the heart. To make sure you're prepared if an employee, visitor, or patron experiences SCA, business owners need an AED for their workplace. If a device isn't available, talk to HR or property management.
AEDs only work if you can find them.
Registering an AED is a big step in knowing the location. Registering online takes less than 15 minutes and allows you to:
- Receive guidance from a Medical Director about using an AED.
- Add your device to the King County registry so 911 dispatchers can match a SCA victim's location to the nearest AED.
Today, there are more than 3,000 registered AEDs in King County – contributing to our county having one of the highest witnessed out-of-hospital defibrillation SCA survival rates in the world.
When seconds can mean life or death, make sure your organization is prepared.