“Cardiac arrest is a critical medical emergency, where the heart stops pumping blood around the body. Unless treated immediately, it leads to death within minutes”
- There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) in the UK each year.
- The overall survival rate in the UK is less than 1 in 10.
- The Chain of Survival is a sequence of steps that together maximise the chance of survival following cardiac arrest.
- Every minute without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by up to 10 per cent.
- Performing CPR can double the chances of survival in some cases
The average ambulance takes 11 minutes to reach a cardiac arrest.
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