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Know the Chain of Survival!

The Chain of Survival refers to a chain of events that must occur in

rapid succession to maximise the chances of survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

  • DANGER - if possible remove the patient from water or electrical (safely for yourself), and check for any bleeding

  • SEND FOR HELP - ask anyone with you to call Emergency. If alone dial 000 and give location.

  • BREATHING -should be normal, not gasping or struggling for breath. If unresponsive, start CPR immediately

  • DEFIBRILLATION - if patient is unresponsive and not breathing normally, both CPR and defibrillation are required.

  • ADVANCED SUPPORT - CPR and Defibrillation should continue till Emergency Services arrive, or patient revives.

  • THE EARLIER THE CHAIN BEGINS AND PROGRESSES, THE GREATER CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.


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