Sep 272011

When it comes to sudden cardiac arrest, taking early action is lifesaving.
Here are six integral factors which can contribute to the survival of these events.

1. Early Recognition

Witnessing an emergency event, making an immediate assessment of the situation, and deciding to act.

2. Early Access

Confirming unresponsiveness and calling 9-1-1 or on-site emergency responders and following the instructions of the emergency dispatcher.

3. Early CPR

Beginning cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately.

4. Early Defibrillation

Immediately retrieving and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restore the heart back into normal rhythm.

5. Early Advanced Care

Emergency medical services (EMS) responders begin immediate advanced life support including additional resuscitative measures and/or other therapies.

6. Early Follow-Up Care

Seeking and receiving effective follow-up care after a sudden cardiac arrest.

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