Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests

Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes

UK statistics
> In 30% of cardiac arrest cases, resuscitative efforts are terminated at scene.
> For those who make it to hospital, resuscitation is terminated in two-thirds of the remaining 70% of patients.
> Once in hospital, of the 23% of cases who initially survive, only approximately half leave hospital alive.

This means that only 1 in 10 survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).

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Every year, in England, cardiopulmonary resuscitation is attempted in approximately 30,000 OHCA. However, these mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, grannies, grandads, husbands, wives, lovers and friends have almost a 0% chance of survival if NO bystander CPR is attempted.

So, what?

YOU can make a difference.
Current evidence suggests that only 30-40% of bystanders make any effort to resuscitate someone who they witnessed to have a cardiac arrest. YOU can change this.
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Countless studies have demonstrated, time and time again, that bystander CPR, regardless of its efficacy, is positively correlated with improved survival statistics.

CPR is NOT difficult.
You are not going to do any further harm, by performing CPR, to anyone who is already clinically dead – but you could make a huge difference.
Ask your school to include it in their curriculum.
Search “how to do CPR” on YouTube, and watch a 4 minute video.
Know where your nearest defibrillator is!

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Evidence can be supplied to those who wish to view.

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Defiance!

Nothing particularly notable has happened today, and thus I am not quite sure what to write about.

However, a though had occurred to me earlier on whilst mowing the lawn. This thought was about defiance in kids, so parents, listen up! I was never really a 'good' kid; I would swear at teachers from about year 5 onwards, I would kick up a fuss if something didn't go my way. I was rude, naughty, arrogant, the 'class clown' and most of all defiant.

So, why is this interesting, you ask? Well, although I am now a largely changed person, one thing has stuck with me – perseverance (which I believe stemmed from my defiance). Now, if I want something, I will get it (wherever reasonable). I don't let obstacles stop me from achieving academically, personally, emotionally etc. I was told I'd never achieve much, never be happy, I would never fit in, yet, I live a very happy life, am about to embark on a three year degree to become a paramedic, have many friends and have achieved a great lot in my mere twenty years.

So, parents, teachers, carers, do not be disheartened if your child gives you a difficult time because I bet you they'll grow up to be strong individuals who can think on their own two feet, have good morals, who are respectful and who will preserve and strive to achieve their dreams.

I hope someone finds this interesting, or may be able to relate with me?

Thanks for reading!

J