A group of dedicated advocates came to the State House to lobby for a bill that would require automated external defibrillators in Schools. The advocates are so passionate because they unfortunately lost a child because when they suffered sudden cardiac arrest a defibrillator was not available.
You could not have asked for better advocates to storm the State House and share the message.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart’s electrical system abruptly malfunctions and the heart suddenly stops beating normally. SCA is often confused with a heart attack, which typically happens when blocked arteries prevent blood from reaching the heart’s muscles. There is hope for SCA victims, but time is the enemy. To survive SCA, they must receive immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to increase the blood flow to the heart and brain, along with an electrical shock from a defibrillator to stop the abnormal heart rhythm. For every minute without life-saving CPR and defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by 7 to 10%. Only an estimated 8% of victims who suffer a SCA outside of a hospital setting survive.
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a simple-to-use device about the size of a laptop computer that is used to shock the heart of a person suffering a SCA to return the heart to a normal rhythm. Treatment of SCA is a race against the clock. The combination of early, immediate CPR and defibrillation can more than double a victim’s chance of survival.