Now is the Time
Now is the Time for action to save lives
"Today across the UK, up to 250 people will be struck down by sudden cardiac arrest and less than 20 will survive - in many other places across the world MORE THAN 100 of these people would survive and continue to live their lives." - Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder & Trustee, Arrhythmia Alliance
Time and the Chain of Survival
The survival chances of a person in SCA decreases by 10% for every minute untreated. Survival from SCA without immediate CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and prompt defibrillation isless than 5%; administration of high quality CPR can increase survival to 9%, but when combined with timely defibrillation, survival fromSCA with a shockable rhythm, can reach in excess of 50%.
Time is the most critical factor in determining if someone will survive SCA:
• Time for someone to start CPR
• Time for defibrillation to be administered by use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
• Time to ROSC (return of a pulse and spontaneous circulation) and rapid administration of advanced lifesaving skills
• Time to get the resuscitated victim to an appropriate cardiac centre for treatment
All of these elements form part of the ‘Chain of Survival’ which a person must be taken through successfully in order to survive SCA and leave hospital alive and neurologically intact. Effective implementation of each step of the Chain of Survival has been proven to
dramatically increase survival from SCA.
Read the manifesto
View Arrhythmia Alliance's manifesto on sudden cardiac arrest, which was launched during Heart Rhythm Week 2015.
Click here to view the full report.
A full list of people who have already committed themselves to the manifesto can be viewed here.