23 February 2021

Link between COVID-19 and OHCA found in London!

Link between COVID-19 and OHCA found in London!

A recent study undertaken by London Ambulance Service reveals the extent of the impact of Covid-19 and it shows that there is a ‘clear correlation’ between the rise in Covid-19 infections and the number of people suffering and unfortunately, dying from cardiac arrest – with five more arrests a day for every 100 new cases.

Their research is the first in the UK to show the link between Covid-19 and deaths from cardiac arrest. It is also thought to highlight the impact on people being too frightened to seek care for other medical conditions because of the fear of catching covid in hospitals.1

Research also shows that:

Their conclusions determined that EMS systems will need to prepare for potentially further considerable increases, and here at SP Services, with over 31 years’ experience in supplying emergency medical supplies we are focused on providing the best equipment in the market to help protect everyone.

When someone is having a cardiac arrest every single second really does count as SCA is a leading cause of death globally and it can happen to anyone – at any time! With the link between covid-19 and deaths from cardiac arrest, having an AED on hand provides peace of mind to yourself, employees, customers and visitors with quick access to a life-saving device.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) when used within the first 3-5 minutes of a person suffering a SCA can dramatically increase a victim's chance of survival from less than 6% to as much as 74%.

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1. Source
2. Three-quarters of adults with COVID-19 have heart damage after recovery.
3. Twenty-one percent of ICU patients globally, hospitalized with COVID-19 had atrial fibrillation.
4. ACC Clinical Guidance for the CV Care Team.
5. Besides myocardial infarction and heart failure, arrhythmias are generally one of the three major risks associated with viral infections, due to myocarditis, proinflammatory effects, and an increased sympathetic stimulation. In a report from Wuhan, China, 16.7% of hospitalized and 44.4% of intensive care unit (ICU) patients with COVID-19 had arrhythmias.
6. Cardiac complications of COVID-19 are approximately commensurate with SARS, MERS, and influenza analogs. ACC Clinical Guidance for the CV Care Team

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