Every year more than 300,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) a condition in which the heart unexpectedly stops beating. It can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time, even to those with optimal heart health. And when it occurs seconds count.
In fact, studies have shown a 70-80% chance of survival if an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is used within minutes on an SCA victim. For many victims, a shock from an AED is the only chance for survival.
But, AEDs don't work if we can't find them.
Today less than 1,000 organizations have registered AEDs with the EMS Division of Public Health Seattle & King County. Registering an AED helps 911 dispatchers match the location of SCA victims with the nearest AED. When seconds count locating the nearest life-saving AED can be a matter of life and death.
The Shockingly Simple campaign is aimed at increasing purchases and registration of AEDs by businesses and organizations in Seattle and King County. By purchasing and registering an AED, businesses can easily provide a greater chance of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
Think of an AED like a fire extinguisher or smoke alarm - crucial for any business. Is your business prepared?