Each year in North America alone, approximately 350,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).1 Fewer than 5% of them survive. SCA is most often caused by an irregular heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF), for which the only effective treatment is defibrillation, an electrical shock. Often, a victim of SCA does not survive because of the time it takes to deliver the defibrillation shock. For every minute that passes between collapse and defibrillation, survival rates from witnessed VF SCA decrease 7% to 10% if no CPR is provided.2 When bystander CPR is provided, the decrease in survival rates is more gradual and averages 3% to 4% per minute from collapse to defibrillation.

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