Would you know how to help someone suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
There are 4 easy steps to take when you see someone has collapsed:
Early Access – As soon as you see someone fall to the ground, call 911.
- Warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) are: Loss of consciousness, lack of pulse, unresponsiveness, and no breathing.
Early CPR – Start delivering Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as soon as possible!
- Early CPR increases the chances of survival, but it alone cannot save an SCA victim.
Early Defibrillation – When SCA occurs, the heart must be restarted by an electrical shock. In order to restart the heart, you will need to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
- Defibrillation is the ONLY way to stop sudden cardiac arrest.
Early Advanced Care – After using the AED, paramedics will give advanced care to the victim before delivering them to a hospital.
- Advanced care is necessary to help maintain a normal heart rhythm after successful defibrillation.
Did you know?
The Chain of Survival was developed by The American Heart Association (AHA) in 1990. Since then, AHA has confirmed that in order for a SCA victim to survive, CPR and defibrillation should take place within 3-4 minutes of the cardiac arrest. When you are faced with an emergency, remember the Chain of Survival.
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