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
• 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