Cardio-Start is Wisconsin’s dedicated sole source provider of cardiac emergency products and services. We assist organizations and facilities in understanding the unpredictability of sudden cardiac arrest, and learning what precautions can be taken to save the life of a colleague, loved one, visitor, or guest.
We offer a turnkey approach to designing and implementing a cardiac emergency program, including the installation, training and support of automated external defibrillators (AED’s), certified CPR instruction, emergency oxygen technology, and advising you in every detail of your cardiac emergency response plan. Our program should be a component of any corporate wellness program.
Today’s AED’s are designed to be as intuitive as possible, and have proven to be successful in saving lives when combined with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency oxygen.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is America’s number one killer, taking the lives of more than 450,000 adults and 7,000 children annually (more than AIDS, lung cancer breast cancer and traffic accidents combined).
- Early defibrillation through the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) combined with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the only effective treatment for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. CPR alone cannot and will not restore the SCA victim’s natural heart rhythm – only an electrical shock delivered by a heart defibrillator can do that.
- Statistics show that 74% of SCA victims who are provided early defibrillation (using an AED) within the first 3 to 5 minutes of the event can be saved, as compared to an approximate 5% survival rate without early defibrillation.
- Without early defibrillation within the first 5 minutes after an SCA event, an estimated 10% loss of the victim’s brain function (due to oxygen depletion) occurs every additional minute that lapses.
- Trained responders (police, fire, ambulance) typically respond within 6 to 12 minutes of a 911 emergency call, often arriving too late to save the life of the SCA victim.
- The Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA) enacted by the federal government in 2000 and Good Samaritan laws now enacted in all 50 states provide individuals and corporations with legal liability immunity for any harm resulting from the use or attempted use of an AED when attempting to save the life of an SCA victim.