Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen at any time without warning. Without any sort of outside intervention, the survival rate of SCA is close to zero. Applying CPR improves those odds, but not by a whole lot.
Simply put, the sooner an AED is used on a sudden cardiac arrest victim, the better their chance of survival. Trouble is, the only way an AED can save someone’s life is if its available, and if someone nearby thinks to get it and use it. The more AEDs are available, and the more people know that anyone can use on, the more lives will be saved from SCA.
The statistics don’t lie: When it’s used in a timely manner, an AED can be the difference between life and death for an SCA victim.
Infographic Source: http://www.aedstoday.com/The-AEDs-Today-AED-Infographic_b_112.html