Unlike most email forwards, I strongly believe that if you have not already received this and clicked on the link to run the simulation, you must do it. Moreover, send it to your Scouts and have them do this. We teach First Aid and lots of lifesaving techniques, but often we don’t have access to AED trainers in our Troops. This is probably the next best thing.
We have all walked by the Red Cross sign in airports (and now theaters, stores, lots of places) indicating where a heart machine is located. Do you know what is in them and how to use it? I did not. Watch this video and see what you think.
If you pick the wrong choice—-the man dies—-choose wisely – you may save a life.
How common is sudden cardiac arrest?
According to the American Heart Association, statistics on the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in America are not exact. The Heart Rhythm Foundation puts the mortality rate from SCA at 325,000 deaths per year, and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, at 250,000.
All three organizations cite figures that 93 to 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
Europe adds an estimated 700,000 more sudden cardiac deaths, according to the European Resuscitation Council.
That’s one million sudden cardiac arrest deaths every year!
Thus, the desperate need for publicly accessible defibrillation and campaigns like this one to help everyone understand how to use them.