Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) and the American Heart Association have paired up to increase sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates in densely populated cities around the world. The Connected Pulse program combines education programs to increase awareness of CPR with the use of publicly-available automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and new technologies to strengthen the chances for survival until the patient reach the hospital.
The American Heart Association estimates that 70% to 80% of sudden cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, the patient’s chance of survival decreases by 7% to 10%. Bystander intervention and treatment with an AED can triple the survival rate to 31.4%, a heart association study notes.