Life Threatening Conditions
Over 150,000 people die from cardiac arrests in the UK each year. The majority might be saved if only their heart could be defibrillated (shocked back into a rhythm) within five minutes.
An Automated External Defibrillator – with a trained operator – at the site of sudden cardiac arrest can raise the chance of survival from 5% to 80%. For every minute following onset of sudden cardiac arrest, the chance of that person’s survival drops by 10%. As such, waiting for an ambulance for just 6 minutes will reduce the opportunity for more than half of all casualties to receive a successful resuscitation outcome.
The Automated External Defibrillation course is a one day course and covers CPR along with how and when to use an AED. The course is designed for individuals and businessess.
Approximately 300,000 people in the UK have a heart attack each year. It is a major cause of death affecting both men and women. Half of those who die, do so from cardiac arrest (the heart stopping completely) within 3 or 4 hours of the start of the attack.
Anyone suspected of having a heart attack should get medical attention immediately. The sooner the treatment, the more effective it will be and the greater the chance of survival.
- There are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK every year. That is more than one every five minutes.
- There are approximately 1.1 million stroke survivors living in the UK.
- More than half of all stroke survivors are left dependent on others for everyday activities.
- High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke, contributing to about 50% of all strokes.
- One in five strokes are fatal. Stroke causes about 7% of deaths in men and 10% of deaths in women.
- For every 1,000 patients who receive thrombolysis, a clot busting treatment, 80 will live more independently.