EUGENE, OR — Health & Safety Institute (HSI), a world leader in emergency care and response training, has published an infographic on Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and the only way to save a victim’s life — prompt CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
In celebration of National CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7, 2013), the infographic, attached, explains the difference between SCA and a heart attack (SCA is always fatal without prompt intervention).
It also explains that an SCA victim can only survive without CPR and defibrillation for about ten minutes. Nationwide “call to shock” times vary, but in even the optimum situation, emergency medical technicians are unlikely to be on-site to administer CPR and defibrillation within ten minutes.
According to Ted Crites, HSI Director of Production, the key to an SCA victim’s survival is immediate action by a witness or responder with CPR and AED training.
“SCA strikes about 360,000 people annually and less than ten percent of SCA victims survive,” he said. “Our CPR and AED training classes are designed to ensure a faster time to mitigation, which is the key to improving survival rates for SCA.”
HSI offers CPR and AED training courses through its family of brands, which include American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI), MEDIC First Aid, 24-7 EMS, 24-7 Fire, EMP Canada, and Summit Training Source.
As Crites notes, “A lot of our emergency response educators decided to learn their livesaving skills after seeing someone die of SCA — a loved one, a friend, a neighbor, a colleague, or a complete stranger.”
About Health & Safety Institute Headquartered in Eugene, OR, Health & Safety Institute (HSI), is a leading global emergency care and response training organization. HSI family of brands includes American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI), MEDIC First Aid, 24-7 EMS, 24-7 Fire, EMP Canada, and Summit Training Source.
Since 1978, HSI has partnered with over 16,000 approved training centers and authorized over 200,000 professional safety and health educators, who have certified over 23 million emergency care providers in the US and over 100 countries around the world.
For more information, visit www.hsi.com.