Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) claims more than 350,000 lives per year and is the leading cause of death in the United States. SCA kills more people than breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS and these deaths occur in all ages, genders, ethnicity and geographic areas. SCA can strike anyone at any time! Here are a few things we can all do to help spread awareness and fight this terrible disease:
- Know the signs of SCA and react quickly. SCA strikes immediately and without warning. Victims will fall to the ground/collapse, become unresponsive and will not breathe normally, if at all.
- Call 911 as soon as possible.
- Start CPR as quickly as possible. If you don’t know CPR, conduct Hands-Only CPR, which is providing chest compressions by pushing hard and fast in the middle of the victim’s chest with minimal interruptions at approximately 100 beats per minute.
- If available, use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as soon as possible. AED’s should be made available at places of work, schools, gyms, pools, churches and other places of public gathering. AEDs save lives!
As a leading medical supply store and distributor of AEDs and SCA training services, Foremost Medical Equipment wants to help you fight this terrible disease. If you have questions regarding a life saving device displayed on our website, please give us a call and let us answer your questions.
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