Heart disease is the UK's biggest killer. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, even those who are seemingly healthy. The facts are simple. 30,000 cardiac arrests occur out of hospital each year.
If you have a cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting and a defibrillator is used within 3- 5 minutes, survival rates jump from 6 per cent to 74 percent. Without immediate treatment , 90-95 percent of cardiac arrests prove fatal.
When someone has a cardiac arrest simply waiting for the ambulance services to arrive means that many lives are lost that could be saved. More specialist equipment available in the community will help raise awareness and facilitate greater response rates from the public. By knowing the location of the nearest defibrillator and learning how to perform CPR properly we can all give a person suffering a cardiac arrest the best possible chance of survival