First aid emergency: What to do in the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Mike Dennis
Posted by Mike Dennis

Date: Wednesday, 03 August 2016. -  
Blog, First Aid, First Aid Emergencies

How to act when someone is in need of defibrillation

60,000 people a year suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in the UK.


Every minute that defibrillation is delayed, a person loses 10% of their survival chances, so it is important to act fast.

To give the casualty the best chance of survival, a defibrillator must be used as soon as possible. Defibrillators are user-friendly devices that shock abnormal heart rhythms known as ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation in order to restore the heart to its natural rhythm.

The infogram below has all the information you’ll need to treat someone who is suffering SCA. Follow the clear, easy steps to help you feel confident enough to handle the situation effectively. 

Whether you have first aid training or not, it's always useful to know how to act when a medical emergency occurs so you can be confident the casualty is being looked after - even if it's whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive. First aid tips and advice can be a great way to ensure you know how to act should a medical emergency even occur.

For more information, contact imperative training via their website or call 0845 071 0820.

To give the casualty the best chance of survival, a defibrillator must be used as soon as possible. Defibrillators are user friendly devices that shock abnormal heart rhythms known as ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation in order to restore the heart to its natural rhythm.

The infogram below has all the information you’ll need to treat someone who is suffering SCA. Follow the clear, easy steps to help you feel confident enough to handle the situation effectively.

Whether you have first aid training or not, it's always useful to know how to act when a medical emergency occurs so you can be confident the casualty is being looked after - even if it's whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive. First aid tips and advice can be a great way to ensure you know how to act should a medical emergency even occur.