In 2017, Dubai Health Authority announced their strategy in making Dubai The Heart-Safest City – a project that aims to increase the survival rate of Out-Of-Hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) from 5-10% to 65% by the year 2020.
To do this, DHA needs to ensure that an OHCA patient receives medical help in just 4 minutes because every minute during a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the survival rate drops at 7-10%, thus the patient could die in less than 6 minutes.
During these first few minutes, a patient needs to be immediately given a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and a shock to the heart with the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which will then triple the patient’s chance to survive.
Government authorities and Philips Healthcare, manufacturer of Philips Automated External Defibrillator (AED), will put heads together to design a model that will achieve the project’s goal.
HOW DOES ARASCA CONTRIBUTE TO THIS LIFE-SAVING GOAL?
As the sole distributor of Philips Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in the UAE, we have already installed 3000+ Philips AEDs all over UAE including Dubai. This part of our service does a great impact on DHA’s goal to provide a bulk quantity of AEDs to ensure that the target of 100,000-150,000 trained staff and individuals are able to access an AED in less than 4 minutes once an OHCA patient is spotted.
Apart from this, ARASCA also supports in spreading awareness on the use of Philips AED through client demonstrations and training using different methods – free webinars, virtual training, and in-person demonstrations – to ensure that we reach our clients amid the challenging situation caused by the COVID19 pandemic.
We also ensure that our Philips AEDs are always in perfect condition through our regular AED check-ups and maintenance done by our highly commended after-sales team who have impressively completed checking 2100 AEDs in UAE for only 8 months (May-Dec 2020).
The Heart-Safe City Project defines why ARASCA was built – to help preserve life and bring innovative solutions and the right products for the health and safety of the people. We will continue to support this initiative together with our valued clients who always trust the quality of our products and services.