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AHA Chain of Survival

The American Heart Association considers cardiopulmonary resuscitation as one link in what it calls the “chain of survival.” The chain of survival is a series of sequential actions that will give a heart attack victim the greatest chance of survival. When an emergency situation is recognized outside of a medical facility.

The first link in the chain of survival calls for activating the emergency medical services by calling 911 (in the USA).

The chain of survival is a series of sequential actions that will give a heart attack victim the greatest chance of survival.

This is followed by CPR performed by a bystander until a defibrillator becomes available.

CPR Training enables one to recognize a cardiac emergency and act accordingly while waiting for medical help to arrive.

When effective CPR is performed by a bystander who is usually a relative or friend after sudden cardiac arrest, the victim’s chance of survival increases two to three times more. Failure to act can result in unnecessary deaths, so the American Heart Association trains more than 12 million Americans annually, to equip them with the skills necessary to perform bystander CPR. CPR Training involves learning techniques on how to help a victim circulate oxygenated blood, which will keep the brain alive until advanced medical care (including defibrillation) can be initiated.

CPR is indicated for people who are unresponsive and not breathing. It may also be done on victims whose pulse cannot be perceived by a bystander and who may be breathing abnormally.

The goal of CPR is to delay tissue death and prevent permanent brain damage.

Although basic CPR can be performed by anyone, having adequate CPR training increases one’s chances for getting effective emergency care before professional help arrives.

Learn more about the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & ECC and acquire the confidence and skills you need to act when your help is most needed.