Having access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been shown to significantly improve survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). According to the American Heart Association, every minute that passes without defibrillation during SCA decreases the chances of survival by 10%. By providing early defibrillation with an AED, the survival rate can be increased by up to 70%.
It’s important to note that the actual improvement in survival rates will depend on several factors such as the speed of AED deployment, the quality of CPR being performed, and the overall time from collapse to treatment. Nevertheless, having an AED available and readily accessible in the workplace can greatly increase the chances of survival for someone experiencing SCA.
A great way to learn how to use an aed is to take one of these first aid courses in Vancouver, OFA Level 1, OFA Level 2, OFA Level 3.