Sudden Cardiac Arrest happens when their is an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes the heart to stop beating or go into an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). As the heart goes into a irregular beat the blood supply to the body and vital organs is disrupted causing the patient to quickly loose consciousness / collapse and unfortunately if not treated, death can occur within minutes. While CPR is absolutely essential in cardiac arrest the only proven clinical way to restart the heart is with a defibrillator.
Research has shown that survival rates from cardiac arrest drop approximately 10% for every minute post sudden cardiac arrest so it is crucial that any victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest receive CPR and defibrillation as soon as possible within the first 10 minuets. This is a sobering thought when the published average response times for ambulances is 10 minutes plus in most cases. While our ambulance services do a fantastic job they just cant physically be every where in the event of a cardiac arrest. Organisations businesses community groups cant have a first aid program that solely relies on calling OOO and waiting for help.
Unfortunately, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), is the leading cause of death in Australia. With Sudden Cardiac Arrest, promptness of care can mean the difference between life and death.