More than 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of the hospital setting annually, and less than 10% of patients survive. However, the chances of survival more than double with the immediate use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) combined with CPR. AEDs are simple to use, affordable and extremely effective.
While it can be difficult to determine if a patient is experiencing cardiac arrest or a heart attack, an AED can determine the next course of action. With the press of a button, the AED will instruct you to either continue CPR or prepare to shock the patient back into a normal rhythm. In cases of cardiac arrest, the survival rate can increase from 5% with CPR to 75% when an AED is used for 4-6 minutes. Having an AED in your home or office will save lives.