Presentation on theme: "Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)"— Presentation transcript:
1 Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Survival rates plunge 7–10 percent every minute defibrillation is delayed*EMS and hospital code teams can encounter delaysQuick action by the first person on-scene can save a life10090Success rates decrease 7-10% each minute807060% Success504030201012345678910Time (minutes)* Non-linearAdapted from text: Cummins RO, Annals of Emergency Medicine 18:
2 What is an AED? Device that looks for shockable heart rhythms Delivers a defibrillation shock if neededSmall, portable, size of laptop computerSimple, automaticAn AED is a device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm and tells the user to deliver a shock if it is needed.An AED is small, about the size of a laptop computer. It is portable and can be carried to where the victim is. An AED is very easy to use.This is how it works: (Demonstrate with AED if available)Once the AED is turned on, it begins giving instructions, both audible and written.The AED will tell the user to deliver a shock if it is needed.The AED is designed to prevent a shock from being delivered if it is not needed.
3 What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)? Used to save the life of a victim of Sudden Cardiac ArrestSpecifically designed to allow non-medical personnel with minimal training to successfully defibrillateSafe – Only shocks a patient if a shock is neededThe AED determines if the patient is in Sudden Cardiac Arrest, not the person providing treatment184.108.40.206.
4 Anyone Can Use an AEDVoice prompts and visual cues designed for the minimally trained userIt “talks” the user through the process in non-medical terms