References

 

Last Updated: 7/9/2019

Below are sources of information shared on the website and in the website videos:

Statement: Sudden cardiac arrest is the most common cause of out-of-hospital death in the western world.

Reference: Best Practice British Medical Journal, Epidemiology of Cardiac Arrest

 

Statement: 400,000 Americans experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest each year.

Note: 600,000 Americans experience SCA each year (400,000 outside of the hospital and 200,000 in a hospital)

Reference: Institute of Medicine. 2015. Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/21723

Statement: <6% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims are currently saved.

Reference: Institute of Medicine. 2015. Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/21723

 

Statement: >90% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims can be saved if an AED is attached to their chest.

Reference: The European Society of Cardiology: http://bit.ly/ESC_AED_Study

Statement: With each minute that passes without an AED, the chances of the victim’s survival drop by 10%.

Reference: The European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation

Statement: Regulatory compliance includes documenting AED prescription/use/maintenance, registering the device with the EMS, providing physician oversight, training a group of users with a state-approved curriculum, testing the device regularly, maintaining the device in accordance with manufacturer guidelines...

References:

  • Texas Health and Safety Code; Title 9, Subtitle B, Chapter 779

  • Texas Department of State Health Services Administrative Code; Chapter 157, Subchapter C, Rule 157.41

Statement: 1 in 7 Americans will ultimately die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Reference: The American Heart Association's 2018 Update to Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics

Statement: 32,000 Texans will die from SCA this year.

References and assumptions:

  • The American Heart Association's 2018 Update to Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics reveals that in 2015, SCA claimed the lives of 366,807 Americans

  • The US Census Bureau estimates that on July 1 of 2017, Texas had a population of 28,304,596 and the US had a population of 325,719,178 -- such that Texas accounted for 8.7% of the US population

  • Assuming that the Texas SCA death rate, by population, is equivalent to the national SCA death rate, by population, Texas would account for 8.7% of the 366,807 annual deaths, or ~32,000 deaths from SCA

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