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The Chain of Survival

Have you ever heard of the chain of survival?

The Chain of Survival is made up of four links; three of which can be strengthened by first aiders in the workplace, or members of the public who take some time to learn basic life skills.

The first link is early recognition (understanding the signs & symptoms & able to recognise someone is in Cardiac arrest )

The second link is early (effective) CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) which can keep their heart going until an automatic external defibrillator (AED) arrives.

The third link is early defibrillation-For every minute the person doesn’t have a defibrillator attached to their chest, their chances of survival reduce by 10%.

The fourth link is early advanced care, delivered by paramedics.

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