Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the UK, accounting for an estimated 76,000 deaths each year.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is serious. It means that the person’s heart has stopped pumping blood and they need help, fast. SCA can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime and it can strike without warning.
The most important elements in the treatment of SCA are to provide quality CPR and a rapid shock to the heart called defibrillation. An automated external defibrillator (AED) helps anyone to provide defibrillation quickly.
For every minute that goes by without defibrillation chances of survival fall by at least 10 per cent, so there is a very real advantage of having an AED on-site. Does your organisation have an AED installed? Are you equipped to save a life?
Cardiac Services is committed to raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of public access defibrillation in Northern Ireland.
Local survivor, Lynda Donaldson from Boardmills, Co Down, tells her story. “One day in my life I will never forget, but I am very glad to be able to remember. On the 17th January 2013, I had an out of hospital cardiac arrest on the street in Saintfield. It came without warning and as yet no cause determined. How amazing that almost immediately I had help from my two life savers. The first was Michelle, who administered good quality CPR, and the second was Phil, who had a Philips HeartStart portable defibrillator. One shock, a little more CPR and I was resuscitated, before the emergency services arrived. I went on to make a good recovery.
“Quick action from my heart heroes, good quality CPR and the Philips HeartStart Defibrillator saved my life. In my view, every community, school, sports club and public building should have defibrillators. They should be as commonplace as fire extinguishers.”
“Lead the way to save a life, Philips Defibrillator Solutions with unique Life Guidance.”
Philips is the market leader in the workplace and public space for Automatic External Defibrillators (AED).
With access to the right equipment and support, anyone can help save a life. Philips Defibrillators with Life Guidance act as your personal coach to quickly and easily guide you through a cardiac emergency with a simple, step by step process. A calm, clear voice explains exactly what to do, including CPR coaching, actively adapting instructions to keep you on track. Intelligent sensors assess and automatically deliver the right therapy, at the right time ‐ personalised to every man, woman, or child.
If you’ve installed an AED and have a trained user on-site then SCA survival rates increase greatly. AEDs and trained staff ensure a safer working environment for you, your colleagues and the wider community.
Cardiac Services, a local company with over 45 years’ experience in providing sales, service and training of life saving equipment, recognise the need to increase SCA survival rates in Northern Ireland. Working in partnership with Philips we can make life saving easier, faster, better.
Speak to us today to find out how we can help protect your workplace and community from SCA.
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