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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Instead, it should provide a lifesaving bridge in the chain of survival during the several critical minutes it takes for advanced life support to arrive.
Care that starts with citizen CPR and early defibrillation, a well trained EMS system, and strong links in the chain of survival are vital in every community.
The Red Cross estimates that up to 50,000 sudden cardiac arrest deaths could be prevented each year if someone initiates the Cardiac Chain of Survival and an AED is available for immediate use.
Louis Fire Commissioner and Chief Sherman George, the goal of the PAD project is to significantly increase local community cardiac arrest survival rates by making AEDs more accessible in a wide variety of settings and educating citizens about the Chain of Survival, an emergency intervention process that includes early defibrillation and CPR.
According to Nashville Director-Fire Chief Stephen Halford the goal of the PAD project is to significantly increase cardiac arrest survival rates in the local community by making AEDs more accessible in a wide variety of settings and educating citizens about the Chain of Survival, an emergency intervention process that includes early defibrillation and CPR.
The training app provides clear visual and audio step-by-step coaching on CPR performance and includes the initial steps to follow in the Chain of Survival.
All these components must all work together in a life- saving chain of survival to make a difference.
The AED Plus will be a key element to strengthen each link of the Chain of Survival and provide the best support when rescuing a victim of sudden cardiac arrest," said Dr.
In addition, the program aims to educate the citizens about the Chain of Survival, an emergency intervention process that includes early defibrillation and CPR.
The ZOLL AED Plus is a Full-Rescue AED, which guides rescuers through the complete Chain of Survival, helping all sudden cardiac arrest victims, not just those who need a shock.
In addition, the program aims to educate the citizens about the Chain of Survival, an emergency intervention process that includes early defibrillation and is designed to save the lives of victims of a massive heart attack, also called sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).