AHA develops new program to increase cardiac arrest survival

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The American Heart Association has announced that they have developed a program to help more people survive cardiac arrest. The Mission: Lifeline® Cardiac Resuscitation program is designed to educate the public, as well as, bring together the needed resources.

Quoting from the announcement:

“There is a large variation in survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest from one community to the next,” said Graham Nichol, M.D., volunteer for Mission: Lifeline and professor and director at the University of Washington-Harborview Center for Prehospital Emergency Care in Seattle. “We believe that whether you live or die after cardiac arrest should not depend on which community you live in.” Nichol said people must recognize possible cardiac arrest, call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately.

“In most communities in the United States, about 20 percent of patients who have cardiac arrest have bystander CPR,” he said. “In communities that are very successful in improving survival, like Seattle and parts of Arizona, 40 percent to 50 percent get bystander CPR. We know we can improve care, but only if everybody in a community works together.”

For survival rates to increase it takes a concerted effort on the part of all parties involved. San Diego deserves to have the best systems in place to guarantee that every cardiac arrest victim has the best possible chance at survival.

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