Understanding the, “chain of survival”, can make the difference between life and death.
Firstly, nobody goes into work or school, with the expectation of one of your colleagues suffering a major illness or having a serious accident.
Secondly, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is indiscriminate and can affect any of us, children included.
Sadly, it happens too often, and your reaction, can make that difference to their chances of survival.
By learning the basic life support skills you will be in a much better position to help
This is essential. If you suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, every minute that passes reduces your chance of survival by 10 percent.
Therefore, if they’re, unconscious and not breathing, normally, don’t hesitate, call 999 or 112 for an ambulance
In an ideal world, UK ambulance response times are about 8 minutes, but clinical pressures can probably increase that.
So, by failing to act immediately, their chance of survival will be less than 20 percent, by the time they arrive.
Start Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) immediately, it makes a critical difference. By maintaining circulation and ventilation, the chances of significant brain damage are reduced.
Most importantly, early defibrillation is the third link of the chain, therefore, having a defibrillator close at hand changes your survival chance, from 5 percent with CPR alone, to a convincing 75 percent.
Because people fear doing harm with an AED defibrillator, they fail to act, The fact is you can’t, the technology prevents it, therefore, you’ll give your casualty the best possible chance of a successful outcome.
Finally, early hospitalisation. No matter how good the immediate care at the scene, you will need professional medical care, the sooner the better.
By having an understanding of this chain of survival, you will be more confident to do something.