Over 350,000 cardiac arrests occur annually in the “out of hospital” setting. Without prompt and effective action, death can result quickly due to impaired circulation. Highest chances of survival in instances of cardiac arrest depend on rapid recognition, effective and proper intervention, notification of EMS/emergency services, and early access to an AED.
This “chain of survival” is an important system to have in place in your work or school environment to ensure the safety of individuals.
Cardiac arrest can strike without warning or preexisting condition. Here are the signs:
- Sudden loss of responsiveness:
- The person doesn’t respond, even if you tap him or her hard on the shoulders, or ask loudly if he or she is OK.
- The person doesn’t move, speak, blink, or otherwise react.
- Absence of normal breathing:
- The person isn’t breathing or is gasping for air. No observable chest rise.
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