More than 30,000 Australians die from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year.
Early defibrillation with a device such as an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been demonstrated to be the most effective method of saving a person from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Traditionally the chances of survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the community is less than 5%. However in areas where automated defibrillators are easily accessible, the chances of survival can be as high as 85%.
If a person is defibrillated within the first minute of collapsing in sudden cardiac arrest, the chance of survival is 90%. However, for every minute that defibrillation is delayed, the chances of survival decrease by approximately 10%. By the time 10 minutes has passed, the chance of survival is less than 5%.