Its four links are key to surviving and living following an out of hospital cardiac arrest.
The first three can be done by the public…
There are 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests every year in the UK, with less than a 10% as the current national survival rate.
The HeartStart course aims to give people the knowledge and skills to recognise time critical, life dependent situations and act accordingly.
In Stavanger Norway where more CPR is taught on the school curriculum the survival rate is around 3 times higher . Learning CPR and how to use a defibrillator really does save lives!
If the chain of survival is executed properly and quickly following an out of hospital cardiac arrest the chances of survival rise from less than 10% to around 50% ……
…… which odds would you prefer?