“The best place to have your cardiac arrest is in a casino…” – Fox News
Survival rates of 41%-71% have been achieved when lay rescuers in airports, casinos and first responder programs witness ventricular fibrillation (VF) sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and defibrillation occurs within 3-5 minutes of collapse. Patients with a rhythm of VF or pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT) must have defibrillation therapy, and the earlier it is delivered, the greater the chance of survival. Combined with the multitude of other presenting rhythms that require defibrillation after deteriorating into VF or pulseless VT prove that defibrillation – and early defibrillation at that – is still a cornerstone in resuscitation.
Today, defibrillators are both simpler and smarter. Sophisticated myocardium sparing biphasic wave technology, rapid analysis algorithms and appropriate prompting can save many more lives – but we need to get the technology to the scene whether in a casino or a hospital. Imagine the lives saved if we could repeat the casino experience worldwide!