What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating normally. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
AEDdonate’s mission is to help communities, schools and other locations fundraise for an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). We place AEDs in areas where they are needed most, in coordination with the ‘Public Access Defibrillator’ (PAD) scheme through Local Ambulance Services.
- 1What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)?
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the UK’s biggest killer, accounting for over 100,000 deaths a year. A malfunction of electrical pulses that fire into the heart suddenly & unexpectedly stop the heart from working, causing it to shut down, stopping blood flow to all vital organs in the body. Without effective treatment within minutes, SCA will usually result in death.
- 2What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?
An AED is a portable, lightweight & easy to use device that can be used by trained or untrained personnel to help save a victim from SCA. The device works by delivering electrical therapy through the chest to the heart of a sufferer of sudden cardiac arrest. An AED is the only effective treatment, which can mean the difference between life or death when dealing with an SCA victim. The AED coaches the user via voice & visual prompts, with a step-by-step process at the user’s pace. The AED analyses the heart rhythm of a victim to establish whether or not a shock is needed. This process is fully automated and means no decisions are made by the user. Our AEDs are fully automatic devices with no buttons to press, making it even simpler to use.
- 3Does the AED need a maintenance/service contract?
In short, no. Our custodians keep an eye on it for you, and as the AEDs are placed on site by us, maintenance is our responsibility.
- 4How easy is an AED to use?
AEDs are very easy to use. Step-by-step intuitive voice prompts guide the rescuer through the process which will only operate at the user’s pace to ensure the correct steps are being taken. The AED analyses the heart rhythm of a person to determine whether or not therapy is required, and will automatically deliver the shock if needed. This process is fully automated, meaning there is no decision made by the user.
- 5Do you need training?
No. Thanks to our fully automated AEDs, training is not required to operate. The Resuscitation Council (UK) states an AED can be used effectively without previous training. Therefore, the use of an AED should not be restricted to trained rescuers only. However, we encourage and arrange training for our AEDs to help remove the stigma surrounding saving lives, and to speed up response times.
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I am really pleased that Mercedes-Benz of Stafford has been able to support this project. Until speaking to AEDdonate I didn’t realise that sudden cardiac arrest was such a big killer in the UK.
We are delighted to be able to donate a defibrillator to St Dominic’s especially after they have been looking to get a defibrillator for some time now, I’m glad that we have been able to help.
The 300 defibrillators we currently have in Staffordshire are a small amount of what we should have and I highly recommend that businesses and communities donate to help get these public defibrillators installed in the streets and inside shops.
We have wanted a defibrillator for a long time now, I really am grateful for the very kind donation from Panda Press in Stone.