Are you prepared for Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Using an Automated external defibrillator (AED)

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

occurs when the regular pattern of the heartbeat changes to a chaotic rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. In SCA victims, the heart cannot pump blood effectively and the victim will collapse. The only treatment for sudden cardiac arrest is to use an

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Sudden Cardiac Arrest can affect anyone, at any time whether young or old, fit or unfit, healthy or unhealthy. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the world's biggest killer!

An AED or Automated External Defibrillator is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses life threatening abnormal heart rhythms and is able to treat them through defibrillation by applying electrical therapy or shock.
Heartsine Samaritan Pad AED Standard features of an AED
  • AED's are designed for ANYONE to use 100% safely.
  • Clear, simple voice prompts tell you exactly what to do.
  • AED's have self adhesive electrodes for attaching to a patient.
  • AED's typically contain replaceable battery packs lasting between 2 to 5 years.
  • Shocks are delivered to the patient by pressing a button when advised.
  • AED's also store ECG data for medical professionals and hospitals.
With approximately only 4 minutes until brain damage can occur, it is essential that a defibrillator is readily available. You can sustain life with CPR but an AED will be needed to return a heart to its normal rhythm. You have only got 4 minutes to live
Who does SCA affect?
  • Around 3 million people die from SCA every year; it is the world’s biggest killer
  • You may be large, small, fat or thin
  • You could be a smoker or a non smoker
  • You might be healthy, unhealthy, young or old
  • It can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time!
  • Only 5–10% of victims survive
  • CPR alone will NOT restart a SCA victim’s heart
  • 13% of workplace fatalities are from SCA
  • Every minute that passes without defibrillation reduces survival rate by 7–10%
  • Brain damage can occur after only 4 minutes

There is good news:
Survival rates have shown to increase more than 50% when effective CPR is given and automatic external defibrillators (AED’s) are readily available.

34% of those who have installed an AED have used their defibrillator at least once to save a life.

Sudden cardiac arrest could affect us all, but the people at highest risk are those with a family history of cardiac problems, hypertension, diabetes and stroke.

Our basic life support training programme teaches you exactly how to use an AED.

First Aid Greece is proud to represent the

HeartSine brand in Greece

. If you are looking to purchase AEDs in your place of work, or require a personal AED then click to view the HeartSine range of defibrillator's.

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