In Europe, with 46 countries and with a population of 730 million, sudden cardiac arrest is estimated to affect between 350,000 and 700,000 people per year, and is responsible for 41% of all deaths in Europe with around 1,000 deaths per day.
In the US, sudden cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death, with over 350,000 incidences per year and a survivor rate of 9.5%.3
To survive a sudden cardiac arrest, the first six minutes are absolutely crucial, with life literally hanging in the balance as patients wait for EMS response to arrive on-scene.
The latest ERC Guidelines highlight the critical importance of the interactions between the emergency medical dispatcher, the bystander who provides CPR and the timely deployment of an AED. An effective, coordinated community response that draws these elements together is key to improving survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Stan developed a voluntary AED alert system, started in the Netherlands to supplement EMS response. The network involves volunteers who are dedicated to saving peoples’s lives, it is organised neighbourly assistance, meant to reduce the number of deaths due to a critical circulatory arrest. Stan provides the highly important aid in the first few minutes by calling on citizen responders with the right training and by having plenty of AEDs available in public places, so that help is around the corner for everyone! This way the chain of acute medical care is extended.