There are approximately 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests per year within the UK
In 2013, the emergency esrvices attempted to resuscitate approximately 28,000 people after they suffered out of hospital cardiac arrests, of those 8.6% survived to be later discharged from hospital
Approximately 80% of out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in the home with the remaining 20% occuring in a public place.
The current rate of initial bystander CPR in England is reported to be around 43% according to a survey carried out by the British Heart Foundation.
12 people under the age of 35 die every week due to sudden cardiac arrest in the UK, some believe this figure is nearer 15-17 per week.
270 children die in the UK per year after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) at school
When someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 7-10%
Currently only 20% of cardiac arrest victims are in a ‘shockable’ rhythm when the emergency services arrive to the scene; this figure can be increased if more cardiac arrest victims received immediate, effective CPR from bystander.
If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of a cardiac arrest occuring then the chance of survival increases from 5% up to 75%.
The emergency services average response time to a cardiac event related incident in an urban area has increased from 8 to 11 minutes