The St John Ambulance website states that “a cardiac arrest can happen to anyone. Every year approximately 55 out of every 100,000 people experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, with most occurring in the home or workplace. In 7 out of 10 cases, CPR is attempted by a bystander. In less than 1 out of 10 cases, a public access defibrillator (AED) is reported as being used.
*A bystander performing CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) can increase the chances of survival by two to four-fold.*
Information from 2021 Resuscitation Guidelines, Resuscitation Council UK.
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