The importance of having an AED:
Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death worldwide. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, up to 40,000 cardiac arrests occur each year in Canada. That’s one every 12 minutes.
Without immediate treatment, only about 5% of cardiac arrest victims survive.
A victim’s chance of survival diminishes by about 10% for every minute that passes after a collapse. After about 10 minutes there is almost no hope of survival.
If an AED is present, cardiac arrest victims are far more likely to receive treatment quickly. Studies have shown that when AEDs are present, survival rates are almost five times greater (24%). Unfortunately, these same studies show that AEDs are only present about 2% of the time.
Real time, guideline-drive CPR feedback:
Immediate access to an AED combined with CPR and emergency services is the victim’s best chance of survival according to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Why both an AED and CPR? Only half of cardiac arrest victims require a shock, but all victims of cardiac arrest require high-quality CPR. Zoll AEDs are equipped with both.
Why high-quality CPR is important:
Although an AED will only recommend a shock 50% of the time on the first analysis. A cardiac arrest victim will require high-quality CPR 100% of the time.
- In the cases where no shock is advised, high-quality CPR increases the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart, brain, and other vital organs. With CPR, a victim’s chance of survival increases significantly.
- Even when a shock is advised, a struggling heart needs high-quality CPR to provide it with oxygenated blood to return it to a normal rhythm.
What is high-quality CPR?
The Canadian Heart and Stroke CPR guidelines recommend compressions to the depth of at least 2 inches and at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute.
Zoll’s unparalleled technology called Real CPR Help® guides the rescuer to high-quality CPR.
- Zoll AEDs are equipped with a unique sensor on the electrode pad that will measure the depth of a rescuer’s compressions. Zoll’s Real CPR Help supports the delivery of high-quality CPR by providing integrated “real-time” feedback on CPR depth (in accordance with the current Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation guidelines).
- A metronome helps rescuers track to 100–120 compressions per minute.
- In clinical studies, first responders using Zoll’s Real CPR Help more than doubled an SCA victim’s chances of survival.
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