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Now is the time – Arrhythmia Alliance calls for action on sudden cardiac arrest deaths

The Arrhythmia Alliance has released a new manifesto, calling for greater awareness and encouraging bystander action to reduce fatal sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) across the UK.

Launched at a recent parliamentary briefing, the document, ‘Now is the time…for action to save lives,’ identifies seven critical aspects of the “chain of survival” that should be focused on to increase the number of lives saved from SCA:

1. Increase bystander action

2. Increase the number of first responders & co-responders

3. Ensure directive action by emergency service operators is mandatory

4. Improve quality of bystander ‘hands-only’ cardiopulmonary respiration (CPR)

5. Efficient mapping and placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs)

6. Embed an integrated management approach to the enhanced Chain of Survival

7. Raise standards of practice through audit and evaluation of every event

As well as focusing on the first few critical minutes after an SCA, which determine chances of survival, the manifesto also emphasises the need to ensure “the long-term survival of those SCA patients who are resuscitated so that they can return home alive and neurologically intact”.

Trudie Lobban MBE (Founder and Trustee of the Arrhythmia Alliance)

Trudie Lobban MBE (Founder and Trustee of the Arrhythmia Alliance)

The Arrhythmia Alliance intends to work with its medical advisory board and relevant healthcare professional groups to review and develop guidance for high-quality post-resuscitation care, together with an audit and evaluation process, so that patient survival is not in vain, according to the statement.

Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder and Trustee of the Arrhythmia Alliance, said: “Every six minutes someone in the UK suffers an SCA and their chance of survival is less than 10% – yet in many other countries this person would have a 50% chance of life. This has to change, so we have asked why is this happening and what can be done to save these lives. Our aim is that by 2020, 50% of people with a shockable heart rhythm will survive an SCA in the UK”.

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Published on: June 26, 2015

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