Key Messages

According to the Royal Life Saving Society[1], in the UK, 77% of people either don’t know or are unsure of how to perform CPR and millions of people wouldn’t know how to give basic first aid to another adult.

 

Key Messages

 

  • Wales is committed to improving the response to, and survival rates after an Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA).
  • Starting CPR saves lives.
  • Everyone can learn CPR.
  • Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest can affect people of all ages at any time.
  • Only about 1 in 12 survive to leave hospital.
  • Prompt bystander CPR can increase the likelihood of survival after OHCA by 2 or 3 times.
  • Save a Life Cymru is committed to providing people in Wales with an opportunity to learn the lifesaving CPR skills and empower them to realise they have the power to save a life in their hands.
  • We want everyone should they ever find themselves in a position where someone is having a cardiac arrest and needs help; to feel able to take action.
  • Every minute that passes, the chances of a person surviving will drop by 10% unless prompt CPR is performed.
  • Bystander intervention with CPR buys time until emergency services arrive, but in combination with a defibrillator it can offer the best chance to save lives.

 

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

 

  • There is usually no prior warning signs associated with Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
  • Factors such as the patient's current health condition, gender, age and ethnicity do not factor when determining the cause of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
  • Most Sudden Cardiac Arrest cases are due to an abnormality of the heart's electrical rhythm called Ventricular Fibrillation (VF).
  • Physically strenuous jobs will put people at a higher risk of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
  • Factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol levels, congenital heart disease (CHD) and diabetes can make a person more susceptible to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
  • Things such as electrocution, drowning, trauma, choking or respiratory arrest can potentially lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

 

[1] Royal Life Saving Society - https://www.rlss.org.uk/save-a-life-series

 

KEY MESSAGES

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