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CPR and AED Statistics

Consider these statistics:

National Safety Council (NSC)

• 25% of emergency room visits can be avoided with basic first aid and CPR training.

• Sudden cardiac arrest represents 13% of all workplace deaths.

• About 400 workplace deaths from cardiac arrest are reported to OSHA each year.

• Nearly 5 million workers were injured on the job in 2012, costing companies $198.2 billion.

• More than 75% of all out-of-hospital heart attacks happen at home.

• Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, even those who are seemingly healthy.

• Between 300,000 and 400,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest in a non-hospital environment 
   every year.

• Sudden cardiac arrest causes more deaths than breast cancer, colon cancer, motor vehicle 
   accidents and diabetes, combined.

• For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced by about 10%.

• The average national time for paramedics to arrive once 911 is called is 8-12 minutes.


American Heart Association (AHA) 

• 70% of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know
   how to administer CPR or their training has signicantly lapsed.

• 88% of cardiac arrests, 4 out of 5, occur at home- there is a very high chance you could save someone you
   love with CPR.

• Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack.
     - Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which
        causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.

     - A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart
        attack may cause cardiac arrest.

• Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths.

• Sadly, less than 8% of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.

• Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s 
   chance of survival, but only 32% of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.


34% of organizations who have implemented an AED program have used their AED at least once to save a life.

   - Konicki, Doril L, et al. Utilization and Impact of AED’s in the Workplace: A Survey of Occupational Health Physicians 2003Konicki, Doril L, et al. Utilization and Impact of AED’s in the Workplace: A Survey of Occupational Health Physicians 2003