Posted on | April 16, 2012 | No Comments
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) affects more than 800 people every day in the United States. For someone who suffers SCA survival rates average 8% across the nation. This survival rate has existed at a constant rate since it was first measured in 1979. Emergencies like SCA can happen anywhere whether at work, at home or in the community. At any time an individual may find they are in a position to act when an emergency unfolds. A new online simulation from the Medtronic Foundation called Heart Rescue Now aims to help both aspiring first responders and curious bystanders understand how to respond in a Sudden Cardiac Arrest emergency.
Bystanders are an important part of the chain of survival – the actions of good samaritans taking appropriate action in life threatening emergencies is the fastest way to get lifesaving care those who are injured or ill. Communities focused on improving survival rates for critical incidents have long supported community CPR training and public access defibrillators in shopping centers, businesses and schools. Some creative communities have even begun using mobile apps to summon qualified good samaritan responders close to emergencies. The idea is to get chest compressions started in Sudden Cardiac Arrest before emergency responders arrive and provide early defibrillation using public access automated external defibrillators (AED) close by.
If faced with an emergency like a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, how would you fare? If you’ve ever wanted to know how a Sudden Cardiac Arrest might unfold or how you might respond in such an incident you can now find out! Heart Rescue Now provides an opportunity to have a first person experience as a good samaritan first responder through simulation starting with the collapse of a person in a busy shopping mall allowing you to see, hear and experience what a real emergency is like. In the simulation you choose the course of action – will you engage bystanders to help, or do you leave the patient to call for help? The choice is yours!
Go check out this interactive website! Let us know if you save a life (in the simulation, or in the real world)!