Could You Save Someone’s Life During a Heart Attack?

According to a shocking new health survey, where emergency doctors were asked for their opinions, around 90 percent believe that resuscitation practices aren’t effective enough.

This was carried out via a State of Resuscitation survey, which looked at the implications of current rescuscitation practices on the wellness and wellbeing of cardiac patients. Around 88 percent of those who responded felt that the intervention of bystanders (in the form of CPR) was a very important factor in improving a patient’s chances of survival if they are having a heart attack.

A further 77 percent felt that patients needed to be got to a doctor more quickly in order to boost their chances of survivial, while 73 percent felt that better sharing of information and data collection were needed in order to improve outcomes for patients. Of those surveyed, 66 percent also felt that automated technologies could be improved.

The survival rates for those who have a sudden heart attack are quite poor, and the doctors surveyed felt that this ws likely to be due to the fact that there is an aging population. About a quarter of the doctors also felt that obesity was an important factor in the low survival rate for heart attacks. Many of the doctors felt that CPR feedback devices should be available to more of the population to improve the outcomes of those who had to have CPR.

Having said all this, significant improvements have been made in terms of resuscitation, with more people understanding what they need to do in the event of being present when someone suffers from a heart attack.

To continue this understanding, doctors need to engage with communities more and encourage extensive CPR training. This will help more members of the general public to increase their awareness of what to do if someone they are with suffers from a sudden heart attack.


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