May 18, 2014 | HealthWorldNet | Best of Best
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It's a huge edge, sometime life-saving, to adopt a good idea early and put it into practice - Brandon Webb
Despite CPR and 911, the odds of surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) are worse than winning in Las Vegas.
And it doesn't matter whether you are young or old. Sudden cardiac arrest affects us all. Studies have shown that the use of an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) within 5 minutes can make a major difference in survival rates. But, in most cases paramedics are usually not at the scene 'within 5'.
In the last decade, PADs (Public Access Defibrillation sites), which contain an AED, have become more widespread and are located at most large public venues and most sporting events. But most are not available 24-7 and surprisingly just about everybody including EMS are unaware of the exact Location of the PADs in their community! Then again, almost everyone doesn't even know what a PAD is.
The survival rate of SCA is currently at 7%. Our vision is to double the survival rate of SCA by 2025. So how are we going to do it?
Defib 247 is a global campaign that focuses on increasing public awareness about PADs along with expanding PAD accessibility 24-7. The campaign is timely because of the proliferation of easy to use mobile apps and AEDs.
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