‘Number of deaths by cardiac arrest dropped sharply by volunteers’
The number of people outside of a hospital dies of a heart attack is greatly decreased by the use of volunteers and by mobile defibrilatoren (AEDS).
Many hundreds of people die each year due to the measures, it is found out Monday published research from the heart foundation, reports the Volkskrant.
Approximately sixteen thousand people get a cardiac arrest while they are not in the hospital. In the nineties, survived less than 10 percent of the people as a heart attack. Now survives almost 25 percent of this group have a cardiac arrest.
Despite the good numbers are still too few defibrillators are available, warns the Red Cross Monday. The organization speaks of a “shockingly low” number. Also, the total number of registered AEDS especially in Flevoland, Drenthe and Zeeland “worrying”.
The half of the number of AEDS is only available during limited hours. “That must be different, because an AED saves lives,” said Suzanne Laszlo, manager Assistance & Vrijwilligersmanagement of the Red Cross.
In the database of the Red Cross, at this time 26.807 AEDS mentioned, while according to the organization, in the Netherlands, between 80,000 and 100,000 AED’s have been sold.