Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates: Graphic

Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival rates

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

Instead of a long blog post today, we drew you a picture. Print it out and stick it on your fridge if you like! There are lots of things you can see in our sudden cardiac arrest survival rates graphic, but here are a couple worth noticing:

  • Even with everyone’s best efforts, and guided by the chain of survival, there’s still only a 3 in 10 chance the person will survive.
  • If you just do CPR, and forget to call an ambulance, that drops to 1 in 20 (someone will call eventually – but you could do better!)
  • If you do nothing except call an ambulance, that drops to just 1 in 50 (so learn CPR!)

Our sudden cardiac arrest survival rates graphic shows:

  • Arrest in or out of hospital.
  • In hospital is then divided into witnessed (someone noticed) or unwitnessed (they didn’t)
  • Out of hospital is then divided into: bystander CPR done, bystander CPR not done, bystander CPR done  and rapid AED use (within 3-5 min)


What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Just so we’re all clear – ‘Sudden Cardiac Arrest’ means that your heart stops beating effectively enough to circulate the blood (well, hopefully not actually your heart, but you get the idea). From a first aid point of view, a person having a sudden cardiac arrest will collapse, be unconscious and have no breathing or pulse.

(Survival rates references)

About Tony Howarth

Tony is a First Aid & CPR Instructor Trainer with Sea 2 Sky Safety Training Services and the company founder. Tony started with the British Red Cross in 1994. Has acted as first aid attendant for hundreds of events & treated many hundreds of people as a result. He is experienced in training a wide range of courses. He previously worked as an ambulance attendant with the British Red Cross. He is now in BC as a first aid instructor, and an instructor trainer (one who trains others to become instructors) Finally, Tony works at Squamish General Hospital as the pharmacist manager when not busy training safety
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