chain of survival


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A sequence of steps proposed by the American Heart Association for managing early cardiac arrest. The chain would begin with CPR of a victim at the scene by trained laypersons, and would be passed on to emergency medical services upon their arrival

chain of sur·vi·val

(chān sŭr-vī'văl)
The American Heart Association's term for four major interventions designed to reduce suddencardiac death-early access, early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), early defibrillation, and early advanced life support (ALS).

chain of survival

In emergency cardiac care, the notion that the survival of patients in cardiac arrest depends on the linkage of the following: 1. immediate recognition and activation, 2. early CPR, 3. rapid defibrillation, 4. effective advanced life support, and 5. integrated post-cardiac arrest care. If for any reason any one of these links is missing or delayed, the chance of survival decreases considerably.
See: cardiopulmonary resuscitation
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The last link in the Chain of Survival emphasizes the integral management of the post-cardiac arrest patient.
But, as stated previously, early defibrillation is not the only important aspect of treatment: all the factor s in the chain of survival must be interconnected, attended to and applied.
The cardiac chain of survival is a series of four critical steps to help ensure survival from sudden cardiac arrest.
The community response to cardiac arrest is a critical step in the chain of survival.
Like the semiautomatic AED Plus, the fully automatic version guides rescuers through the complete Chain of Survival, helping all sudden cardiac arrest victims, not just those who need a shock," said Jonathan A.
With access to more defibrillators in our community we can provide a vital link in the chain of survival so that even more lives can be saved throughout Wales.
Consultant-In-Charge Rod Mackenzie, inset, says: "In the past hundreds of patients have died who might have survived had there been a more effective chain of survival.
it s been an honour to become such an integral part of the province s chain of survival over the past year, STARS Vice President of Saskatchewan Operations Ron Dufresne said.
in Warsaw, Poland is the first taxi company in Poland to equip its taxis with ZOLL AED Plus[R] automated external defibrillators, which guide rescuers through the complete Chain of Survival in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.