9 in 10 don’t survive a cardiac arrest – save a life with 3 steps Call.Push.Shock

Every year, around 30,000 Australians and New Zealanders experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Time is a critical factor for survival, with only one in 10 people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

For every minute that passes without intervention, the chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.

ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) Commissioner Georgeina Whelan said knowing how to respond to an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest could mean the difference between life and death.

A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone. A 2-year-old child, a healthy and fit 23-year-old, a hard working 50-year-old or a 75-year-old retiree,” Commissioner Whelan stated.

“Eighty percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in the home. This means the likelihood of you needing to help save a loved one is a reality. Having a bystander or family member willing and confident to start CPR could mean the difference between life and death,” Commissioner Whelan said.

ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) Chief Officer Howard Wren said understanding how to Call.Push.Shock is a vital life skill and one many Australians should refresh annually.

“A cardiac arrest can happen suddenly with minimal and varying symptoms. The patient can lose consciousness, display ineffective breathing, and have no pulse. This can be terrifying for many bystanders, but your quick response will greatly improve their chances of survival,” continued Chief Officer Wren.

“Our paramedics and Emergency Triple Zero (000) call takers are here to help but knowing how to Call.Push.Shock before a paramedic arrives is crucial. Take the time to learn the steps and aid in changing these alarming statistics,” said Chief Officer Wren.

If you witness an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, remember to;

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately. The sooner the call, the sooner help will arrive.

Push. Start chest compressions as soon as possible by pushing down on the centre of the persons chest hard and fast. Aim for a rate of two compressions per second.

Shock. Send someone to collect the nearest AED if there is one nearby. Do not stop compressions to get an AED. To use, simply turn on the machine and follow the instructions.

For more information on Call.Push.Shock and the #9for9 Challenge visit the ESA website www.esa.act.gov.au


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