SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – 10-04-2018 (PRDistribution.com) — October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month
More than 350,000 people succumb to a sudden cardiac arrest each year in the United States, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA). This October, the organization has two messages for Americans that can significantly help to save lives:
- Learn and use Hands-only CPR and
- Make sure all buildings have working AEDs.
Sudden Cardiac Arrests (SCA) claim one life every two minutes. Anyone can experience this debilitating condition including infants, children, teens and young adults, adults in their prime with no sign of heart disease as well as older, mature adults. SCA is an “equal opportunity” condition. “Our goal is to prevent unnecessary death from an SCA,” said Josh Fischer, chair of the national non-profit, SCAA. “We have a goal to double the survival rate, which currently is less than 10 percent. We see two factors that can significantly raise that statistic. Right now, only 32 percent of those suffering from SCA get much needed CPR in the critical first few minutes. Folks either don’t know this life saving process or are too afraid to get involved. The second factor is access to automated external defibrillators or AEDs.”SCAA just launched an online store, AEDStore.ORG, to help businesses and organization purchase AEDs for public venues, workplaces, schools and multi-use facilities. “October is National Sudden Cardiac Awareness month—a great reminder to check AED batteries and order supplies to ensure you are ready in case an emergency happens,” Fischer said.AEDstore.org features AED products and supplies at competitive prices from all the major AED manufacturers including Cardiac-Science, Defibtech, Heartsine, Philips, Physio-Control and Zoll. In addition to AED supplies, the store features recognition awards including pins, military/police-style bars and certificates to honor:
- Survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and those implanted with an internal cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
- Civilians who have helped to save a life that would have been lost to SCA, and
- Professionals such as emergency medical technicians who have saved people suffering an SCA.
SCAA chapters actively work to build awareness about SCA and how to combat it with hands-free CPR and AED placement. They also work to raise funds to purchase AEDs to install in public places such as houses of worships, civic organization facilities, and schools. In addition, through SCAA awards, chapters recognize those who have survived this debilitating condition, those who helped to save someone suffering an SCA and those who have an internal defibrillator or ICD implant.“We recognize that we have many choices in AED providers and, through our store—AEDstore.ORG, that’s ORG since we are a non-profit—we can continue our efforts to help those providers and SCAA achieve ubiquitous access to this lifesaving device,” said Jeanne Alford, SCAA Executive Director.About SCAAThe Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA), a non-profit privately funded organization founded in 2005, mission is to broaden public access to early defibrillation. The group focuses on public awareness for SCA, its prevention and treatments for those at risk SCAA also advocates for a wide range of issues related to SCA, including SCA survivor support through its COPE program. SCAA is privately funded through chapter-led fund-raising activities, donations and grants. For more information about SCAA or to discuss donations and grants, visit suddencardiacarrest.org. For AED supplies and survivor awards visit AEDstore.org.
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