Have you ever heard the term Chain of Survival used?

The chain of survival is just a serious of steps (forming a virtual “chain”) which give the best chance of survival from a sudden (SCA). If all the steps of the chain are followed promptly, then the victim has the best chance of surviving the cardiac arrest.

Early recognition and call for help

Early contact should be made to the emergency services after a cardiac arrest is recognised.

Early CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should be commenced immediately after a cardiac arrest has occurred (ie, the patient has stopped breathing). Anyone can perform CPR, and ideally there should be no interruption in CPR before the ambulance arrives.

Early defibrillation followed by Advanced Life Support 

A defibrillator is an electrical device which delivers a shock to the heart in an attempt to correct any abnormal electrical activity which has caused the cardiac arrest.

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Post resuscitation care

Appropriate advanced post-resuscitation care in a hospital is essential to improving long term survival for the patient. This care should be accessed as quickly as possible after the cardiac arrest has occurred.

Shocktober Events

We found an interesting article and thought you might like to read it. Its “Shocktober” in October – if you have any articles about whats going on in your community, then send us a link…..sally@defibforlife.org.au

Monday 16th October is re-start a heart day

Launched in 2014 by the European Resuscitation Council, Restart a Heart Day is an international campaign that aims to raise awareness of cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AEDs) through face-to-face education & social media.

Some quick facts.

  • Only 1 in 10 survive a cardiac arrest.
  • Starting CPR immediately is one of most critical factors in surviving cardiac arrest.
  • For every minute that CPR is delayed, cardiac arrest survival decreases by 10%.
  • Bystander CPR has increased by 20% over the past decade.
  • Chances of survival double if shocked by a public AED before paramedics arrive.
  • Anyone can use an AED. You don’t need to be trained.

Do you know the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack?

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally, affecting almost 50,000 people each day. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and heart attack are two common cardiovascular diseases with low survival rates.

It is a common misunderstanding that sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack are the same thing. Knowing the differences between these diseases and how to take immediate action is essential to maximising a victim’s chances of survival.

When either SCA or a heart attack occurs, it’s imperative you call local emergency services. And if the victim has no pulse, immediately start CPR, and find an automated external defibrillator (AED).

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“Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) fact sheet.” World Health Organization.