Up to thirty thousand Australians have a cardiac arrest each year, and about 90% of them die. Currently less than half of people who suffer a cardiac arrest in the community have someone step in to do CPR or use an AED before an ambulance arrives.
For every minute that passes without CPR and AED the chance of survival drops by 10%. Without quick intervention, someone who suffers a cardiac arrest almost always dies.
If CPR is commenced in the first few minutes after someone collapses the chance of survival dramatically increases.
Recognising that someone is in cardiac arrest and calling 000 is the first step. Anyone can initiate resuscitation by performing CPR and if available using an AED to shock the heart to a normal rhythm.
If someone is not responding, not moving or isn’t breathing normally, they need URGENT help.