In Northern Ireland in a typical year over 1,400 people suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Fewer than ten per cent of them survive to be discharged from hospital. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a defibrillator shock are vital to a person’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest. Survival rates are higher in places where more people are trained to perform CPR and are willing to intervene.

Community Resuscitation Strategy (2014)

Building on a commitment in the service framework for cardiovascular health and well being, and working with a range of departments and agencies, DHSSPS has developed the 'Community Resuscitation Strategy for Northern Ireland (2014)'. The aim is to increase survival for those who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by having more people in the community trained to perform CPR and to use an automated external defibrillator.


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