Weʼre raising money to buy an AED (portable defibrillator) for our Cheadle & Gatley U7’s football team.
It is not just older, unfit people who can suffer from cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen without warnings or indeed even symptoms, and as such can happen at any time to anyone – Fabrice Muamba as an example.
most smaller clubs and teams are not so well-equipped, which is why it is essential that the need for these pieces of equipment is well-publicised. The more clubs and teams that realize the urgent need for installation the more lives that can be saved.
Some facts surrounding SCA
- 100,000 deaths from SCA occur each year in the UK.
- 270 children die in the UK every year after suffering a SCA at school.
- 70% of SCA occur outside of a hospital environment.
- 50% increase in surviving a SCA with CPR. 33% increase in victim’s chance of survival when an AED is used.
- 90-95% of SCA Victims will die without immediate treatment.
- If an AED is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 mins of SCA victim’s chance of survival increase from 6% to 74%.
- The emergency services average response time to a cardiac event incident in an urban area is 11 minutes.
- For every minute that goes by where a victim of SCA does not receive treatment, their chance of survival decreases by 10-14%.
- Only 22% of people in the UK would be confident of performing CPR on a stranger.
As you can see the survival rate for someone who suffers a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital can be as minuscule as a few percent. However, the use of a defib/AED can increase this survival rate to over 70%, a fantastic improvement as I’m sure you’ll agree.
It makes it all the more critical that the need for these machines is emphasized so that they become commonplace in an area where the public is likely to be. This is vital for clubs where young people may be susceptible to this dreadful disease.