WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – “Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) affects 300,000 people each year, and the chances of survival are dismal,” according to Charles Lick, MD, emergency medical director for Allina and Buffalo hospitals.
Unless victims are provided with adequate aid in a timely fashion – ideally CPR and a shock from an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the first three to five minutes – SCA is 100 percent fatal. However, the average response time for paramedics is eight to 10 minutes, a Wright County Public Health news release stated.
Wright County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is currently working with Take Heart™ Minnesota of Wright County to teach 10 percent of Wright County residents how to do CPR.
To read more, look in the Monday, Aug. 16 issue of the Herald Journal.