A Heart-Stopping Improvement

“Londoners’ chances of surviving a cardiac arrest outside the hospital have more than trebled in the last five years, according to a new report by the London Ambulance Service. About one in six people who had their heart stop in the presence of another person ended up walking out of a hospital alive in the last year, whereas five years ago their chances would only have been one in twenty. So that’s good news. But the report also found that bystanders only performed CPR in a third of all cases of cardiac arrests, presumably because most people just don’t know how. Luckily, it turns out that the ever-helpful London Ambulance Service will teach you for free. Londonist never misses a chance to trumpet a freebie, but it’s pretty rare we can tell you about one that might save a life.”

More at: londonist.com

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~ by Tom on 25 Oct, 2007.

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