Very often, new statistics from the world of medicine and health bring bad news. But according to the American Heart Association’s 2015 Heart and Stroke Statistics, there’s some improvement to report about incidences of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
“According to the report, about 326,200 people experienced out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) in the U.S. in 2011. (This compares with a reported incidence of 424,000 in the AHA's Heart and Stroke Statistics--2014 Update.) Of those treated by emergency medical services, 10.6 percent survived. Of the 19,300 bystander-witnessed cases in which individuals had a heart rhythm that could be treated effectively with a defibrillator (ventricular fibrillation-VF or ventricular tachycardia-VT), 31.4 percent survived.”
Of course that’s still 326,200 incidents too many, but any decrease in overall occurrences is happy news.
Today’s infographic highlights a number of the highlights from the report.
As the report says, “Cardiac arrest is witnessed by a bystander in 38.7% of cases.” Just imagine if that entire 38.7% had training in CPR and the confidence to respond. Or, even better, let’s make it happen. If you need to take that first CPR class or a refresher course to get your skills back up to speed, let 2015 be your year. You can find an ASHI or MEDIC First Aid training center in your area by clicking the button below.