Did you know that less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR! There are some countries, especially Scandinavian ones, which can be proud that their numbers are much higher, but the rest of us are performing poorly in helping others survive. This is a shame, because effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.
CPR has been invented 50 years ago, but still as lot of people could not care less. I guess they are thinking sudden cardiac arrest has nothing to do with them, it cannot happen to them. But they are wrong! It can happen to anyone, even young people, and sometimes without any warning signs. In fact almost 80% of cardiac arrests happen at home, so everyone can easily find themselves in a situation where they are completely ignorant of what to do. Please, don’t be one of those people.
Check out the major changes in the new CPR guidelines published by the European Resuscitation Council.