Facts about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

In Loving Memory of Kimberly Anne Gillary ~ August 21, 1984 - April 3, 2000
The links or actions in the American Heart Association Adult Chain of Survival are:
  • Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and early access to the Emergency Medical Services System (EMS) by phoning 911
  • Early CPR with emphasis on chest compressions
  • Rapid defibrillation with an AED
  • Effective advanced life support
  • Integrated post-cardiac arrest care
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Sudden cardiac arrest occurs over 700 times daily in the United States, resulting in approximately 250,000 deaths per year.

  • The current survival rate for cardiac arrest is less than 5%.

  • The cause of most cardiac arrests is an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) called ventricular fibrillation.

  • The normal pumping of blood no longer occurs once ventricular fibrillation begins.

  • Death usually follows unless responders restore a normal heart rhythm by shocking the heart within 5-7 minutes.

  • Sudden cardiac arrest can occur at any age.

  • Recent statistics show an alarming number of sudden cardiac deaths among school aged children and young adults.

(Source:  The American Heart Association)

  • The Center for Disease Control estimates 3,000 people between the age of 15-34 die of SCA each year.
  • An AED is a device used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart.  Built-in computers assess the patient's heart rhythm, judge whether defibrillation is needed and then administer the shock.  Audible and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process.

  • AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in sudden cardiac arrest victims.

  • For each minute without defibrillation, a victim's chance of survival decreases by 7-10%.

  • The ONLY treatment for sudden cardiac arrest is defibrillation.  Without this, the victim will die.

  • Lightweight, portable, affordable AEDs are now available and becoming increasingly common in schools.

  • Adequate placement of AEDs can potentially save 66,000 lives annually.

  • Most AEDs are designed to be used by non-medical personnel.

  • The AED will not deliver a shock unless it is necessary.

  • Michigan has a Good Samaritan Law which protects persons who voluntarily render emergency care from liability unless they are grossly negligent.


(Source - The American Heart Association)

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