Basic Life Support and Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Facts and Figures

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is not heart attack as it is often misunderstood. SCA is a significant public health crisis as it occurs when heart stops functioning without warning. Though survival rate of SCA patients is very less but still many lives can be saved by following simple basic life support (BLS) actions at the time of need.

BLS is the foundation of saving SCA patient till he can be given full medical care. If you are not trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), then try to perform chest compressions as fast as you can. The devastating effects of SCA can be prevented with the help of preventative treatments such as automated external defibrillator (AED), rescue breaths and airway management.

Recognition of cardiac arrest is not easy but you should remain calm so that you can understand the situation and respond accordingly. Besides activating the emergency response system, your main aim should be to provide early CPR and proper ventilation to the patient. Remember saving patients from death due to SCA depends on immediate intervention by bystander. If you want to save somebody, please get involved and do the needful.

Cardiac arrest has been the leading cause of death among men aged 45 years or more. Survival rate for those who suffer SCA is very less. You, as a bystander, can help SCA patients by applying prompt and effective BLS actions. May be your help can save somebody’s life.

BLS helps in enhancing blood circulation and respiration. One should be able to perform early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the patient. Sometimes, if available, automated external defibrillator (AED) helps the patient to regain consciousness because of the electric shock generated through AED. Don’t forget to call an ambulance or activate emergency response system.