Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) happens to anyone, at any time or place. It is extremely important for farmlands, especially ones open to the public, to have Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) available on-site in case of an SCA.
There are approximately 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) in the UK each year, with around 30,000 resuscitations attempted from an ambulance service.
When an ambulance is called for a life-threatening illness, injury, or any other emergency, the standard response time should be between 7 and 18 minutes. A longer wait time can be expected in rural areas. For every minute that goes by without treatment following a cardiac arrest, a person in SCA loses 10% of their chance of survival. Without immediate treatment, 90-95% of cardiac arrests are fatal.
A person who has suffered a cardiac arrest, therefore, depends on help from bystanders for the best outcome. A shock from a defibrillator combined with effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the only definitive treatment for SCA.
When treatment is delivered within 3-5 minutes of the cardiac arrest taking place, the chance of survival increases from 6% to 74%. The main reason that 90-95% of people who suffer an SCA die is due to a lack of quick or effective treatment. With no treatment, a person in cardiac arrest will die, usually within minutes.
Having early access to CPR and an AED are critical steps to the chain of survival. As Farmland is often located in more remote areas, equipping the land with a life-saving defibrillator enables anyone on-site to potentially provide life-saving treatment if needed in an emergency.
Ideally, you should never be more than a 3-minute round trip from an AED to ensure effective and rapid treatment when a medical emergency occurs. This could mean multiple AEDs are needed for large sites to ensure that no matter where an incident takes place, a defibrillator can always be located and retrieved for the best chance of survival.
Sady, without treatment during the time it takes for an ambulance to arrive at the scene, a person in cardiac arrest is likely to die, especially in more rural areas. Equipping your farmland with a defibrillator could be the difference between life and death.
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