Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the U.S., taking the lives of more than 300,000 people each year. On average, this is more than the total amount for breast cancer, lung cancer, stroke, and HIV/AIDS combined.
During SCA, heart function ceases abruptly and without warning. In contrast, a heart attack, which is caused by “plumbing” problems, such) as a blocked artery, is customarily preceded by warning signs such as chest pain and other symptoms.
When SCA strikes, the heart is no longer able to pump blood to the rest of the body, and the victim loses consciousness, resulting in death more than 90% of cases. SCA is an “electrical” problem, whereby an arrhythmia prevents the heart from pumping blood to the brain and vital organs.
When SCA strikes, immediate defibrillation is the only reliable means of restoring the normal heart rhythm necessary for life. As survival rates drop precipitously after a victim’s collapse, it is vital that this life-saving shock be delivered within 3 minutes or less. As such, the presence of an onsite AED along with a comprehensive emergency response plan is imperative to saving lives.
Every two minutes someone in the U.S. dies from SCA, which can strike anyone, anywhere, regardless of age.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable device used to administer an electric shock to the heart and restore the heart’s normal rhythm. AEDs are very affordable and very easy to use. In addition, they incorporate a number of safety features that prevent misuse and ensure that a shock can only be delivered to a victim requiring it.
AEDs are more affordable than ever with units available for less than $1,200.
Smaller than a laptop computer, state-of-the art AEDs are lightweight and highly portable.
With features such as voice prompts and visual cues, AEDs are also extremely easy to use. In a study involving 8th grade students, more than 87 percent of participants were able to proficiently deploy an AED in a mock cardiac arrest scenario. Importantly, AEDs contain microprocessors that analyze the victim’s heart rhythm and have safeguards embedded to prevent administration of a shock to a person that does not require one.
If AED programs are not properly designed and implemented, staff and others may not know how to properly respond in an emergency. Additionally, if programs are not maintained and documented, batteries and pads can cease to be effective, and organizations can face regulatory sanction and other penalties.
Each of the 50 states in the U.S. mandates usage of AEDs across various business classes; However, laws and requirements vary from state to state.
CardioReady is the only company using a patented process to offer turn-key Certified Cardiac Emergency Response Programs to organizations nationwide. CardioReady’s life-saving solutions provide organizations with a comprehensive suite of services – starting with evaluation, procurement and installation through training, monitoring, and certification – that simplify and improve the process for rescue readiness and compliance. An effective CardioReady Cardiac Emergency Response Program can drastically reduce the devastating impact of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the leading cause of death in the U.S.. Studies show that prompt defibrillation via an AED can increase survival rates from less than 8% to more than 70%. In addition to the obvious benefit of protecting and saving lives, CardioReady Certification and ongoing support improves risk management, promotes compliance with laws and regulations, enhances brand position, and boosts employee morale.
CardioReady deploys a highly-experienced, dedicated Medical Board representing the full spectrum of knowledge, capability, and experience required for cardiac emergency response and a nationwide support network of more than 1,500 professionals consisting of registered nurses, EMTs, paramedics, and other similarly skilled personnel. Additionally, we retain physicians to provide oversight for all customers with CardioReady Certification status. These strengths are complemented by a seasoned management team with vast experience in the risk management, services, and logistics industries
CardioReady’s integrated solutions have two main components:
CardioReady Certification is a patented accreditation that affirms a location’s capability and commitment to protect the lives of its customers, staff, and visitors.
Time is of the essence with SCA—minutes can literally mean the difference between life and death, as survival rates tend to plummet by approximately 10% each minute following a victim’s collapse. With so much at stake, can you accept anything less than state-of-the-art best practice? CardioReady Certification is the seal of approval that ensures that your location meets the standards necessary to save lives, foster compliance with laws and regulations, and protect your organization’s reputation.