Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival rates

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

Instead of a long blog post today, we drew you a picture. Print it out and stick it on your fridge if you like! There are lots of things you can see in our sudden cardiac arrest survival rates graphic, but here are a couple worth noticing:

  • Even with everyone’s best efforts, and guided by the chain of survival, there’s still only a 3 in 10 chance the person will survive.
  • If you just do CPR, and forget to call an ambulance, that drops to 1 in 20 (someone will call eventually – but you could do better!)
  • If you do nothing except call an ambulance, that drops to just 1 in 50 (so learn CPR!)

Our sudden cardiac arrest survival rates graphic shows:

  • Arrest in or out of hospital.
  • In hospital is then divided into witnessed (someone noticed) or unwitnessed (they didn’t)
  • Out of hospital is then divided into: bystander CPR done, bystander CPR not done, bystander CPR done  and rapid AED use (within 3-5 min)


What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Just so we’re all clear – ‘Sudden Cardiac Arrest’ means that your heart stops beating effectively enough to circulate the blood (well, hopefully not actually your heart, but you get the idea). From a first aid point of view, a person having a sudden cardiac arrest will collapse, be unconscious and have no breathing or pulse.
(Survival rates references)