DXE Medical is on a Mission… to Save More Lives

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I would like to take a few moments to discuss the tremendous mission the team at DXE Medical has joined with our partners and Customers over the past 18 years. If anyone were to ask “Why does it matter?” our team is ready to say,

“We do our utmost to be the best partner for those who are saving lives in the face of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) emergency situations.” We feel strongly as a team that fighting the #1 killer in America is a worthy goal, especially since we have so much room for improvement via a combination of preparedness, training and technology. In short, we want to make a positive impact on our community and loved ones by helping save lives, so let me walk you thru an informal look at the SCA battleground – and what we can do together to improve our survivability as a community.

SCA is the top killer in America. While it does not garner as much attention as some other diseases, it holds the dubious distinction of being #1. Approximately 1,000 people per day die from SCA – or 42 people an hour. Those are sobering statistics for sure. But what’s impressive about the world of SCA is that so many of the deaths are PREVENTABLE – if only an effective prevention program is in place.

Studies show that survivability in major metropolitan areas ranges from less than 5% all the way up to 65-75% – once certain steps have been taken.

How is that possible you may ask? Why wouldn’t every major city, workplace, or school not take the proven steps to reach the top end of that scale, and thus improve everything from the human toll to actual costs incurred due to SCA deaths? The good news is that any one person, group of people or city can significantly improve their survivability rates once the mission to join the fight versus SCA is accepted, and several steps are taken. First, let’s review a few significant facts.

  • Once a person experiences SCA, she is clinically dead, with ventricle fibrillation in full onset and blood not circulating thru the body.
  • We also know the magic number of minutes in the Cardiac Chain of Survivability is 10 minutes.  For each minute that passes without revival, the chance of surviving is lessened by 10% – and finally if effective resuscitation is not achieved within 10 minutes, you are clinically brain dead.

Perhaps you may be thinking, “Okay, all I have to do is call 911, right?” Well, the short answer is that while we fully support our first responder partners in the Fire/EMS/Ambulance world, the average response time according to various studies ranges from 7 minutes to 12 minutes for them to get to the scene. That means that on average, your best odds of survivability by that option alone is 30%, and your mid-range response time has you officially at death’s door.

Wouldn’t any reasonable person want to help their family/team/community by increasing the odds of SCA survivability?

Let’s spend a few minutes discussing some of the steps that can be taken to help more of us survive SCA. The simple formula is that effective CPR coupled with Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for the core of a preparedness program that can help increase survivability to the 65-70% range. The steps are easy.

1. First, a commitment to having an SCA prevention program has to be taken – and the costs are modest in light of the potential payoff.

2. Next, a CPR training program has to the basis of the program – teaching people how to respond initially, administer good CPR and use AEDs are highlights. Many school systems now teach hands on CPR, along with AED usage – what a great way to fight this killer.

3. Next, choosing and deploying AEDs so as to be accessible within a reasonable 3 minute walk is key.

4. Finally, having a program management approach to ensure all AEDs are fully “rescue ready” will ensure they are ready for use when needed. Those few, simple steps greatly increase all of our chances of survival due to SCA.

Thank you for your time! If you have any questions at all regarding SCA, AEDs or CPR, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 866-349-4363 or email our Customer Service Team at customerservice@dxemed.com.

Reuben Dickenson
VP, GM
DXE Medical, Inc.

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