We want to see survival rates for cardiac arrest improving in the North East. We believe we can achieve this as a community by:
- Increasing awareness of cardiac arrest and how it is different from heart attack
- Increasing the number of people who can and will do CPR
- Increasing the availability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
Not everybody can be saved, but it is clear that more of our neighbours, friends and colleagues can survive sudden cardiac arrest to lead good quality lives. Survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrest can and should be higher. Areas with the highest survival rates are approximately six times higher than ours. We need to do better.
Each link in the Chain of Survival needs to be strengthened to maximise the chances. The areas that will make the greatest difference are all able to be performed by members of the public. Bystander CPR and defibrillator use are proven to save lives. From business owners and community organisations, through to the great North East public, we can all get involved.