As Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month is wrapping up, let’s share a few stories of how Good Samaritans save lives every single day. YOU are the missing link when it comes to a victim getting the fastest care during a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Remember that if nothing is done prior to EMS arrival, a SCA victim only has about 6% or less chance of survival, but if you step in with chest compressions, you can drastically increase the chances of survival for that SCA victim. Survival rates will increase even more if someone can retrieve an AED and hook it up to the victim’s chest. Remember, an AED WILL NOT deliver a shock to a person with a normal heart rhythm, so don’t be intimidated by using an AED…they save lives every day!
Here are a few excerpts from the American Safety and Health Institute’s blog on Good Samaritan Stories. To find out how these experiences end, just click the “Read more” link below!
“On June 8, 2019, after a swimming event in Clearwater, a man collapsed on the street. A group of around five or six of us happened to be near him at that moment. Someone called 911. Someone else rolled the man over. He wasn’t responsive and his face was purple. He did not appear to be breathing. Another person asked if anyone knew CPR. I heard myself say, “I do.” Read more!
“On August 28, 2019, Officer Pugh was picking up his car at a repair facility in Mechanicsville after work, when he came upon a medical emergency. At the scene, he spotted a Hanover County deputy sheriff administering CPR to a man on the ground. Officer Pugh raced over and found the deputy administering chest compressions alone to an unresponsive man. An automated external defibrillator (AED) was attached to the stricken man’s chest and had already been used to give an initial shock.” Read more!