Arresting Cardiac Arrest

Winter 2001 CSANews Issue 41  |  Posted date : Apr 03, 2007.Back to list

In the US, the national resuscitation rate of a person suffering a cardiac arrest is a very low 3-5%, primarily because a cardiac defibrillator is not available in the first critical four minutes. A defibrillator is used to "shock" a victim's heart back to life and can be successful in over 60% of cases if used in those critical four minutes. According to a recent article in Consumer Reports, the new defibrillators weigh just 4-7 pounds and voice prompts will guide a non-medical person through the process. An automatic sensor will only deliver the "back to life" shock if it detects ventricular fibrillation and risk to both victim and rescuer is negligible. At a cost of $3-4000, this sounds like an ideal addition for any retirement community, condo complex, trailer park, community center or any location where there is a large component of people, especially seniors. Tests at airports and casinos have had dramatic results and perhaps you could arrange to have one close at hand in your environment.