|Dr. Ramon Reyes Diaz, MD CPR practice at the EMSWORLD Expo 2010|
Dallas, Texas. USA
Surviving a Cardiac Arrest is NOT "Automatic"; its Manual! Is a bit of play on words. There are many steps a healthcare provider can take to increase the likelihood of a patient surviving a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The first is decrease the time off the chest around delivering a defibrillation. The time is referred to as peri-shock pause and the most efficient way to make this happen is to operate the defibrillator in "manual" mode. The human eye can recognize VF (Ventricular Fibrillation) in less than a second and if the monitor is pre-charged, we can quickly deliver the shock and go back to compression with minimal interruptions.
Data has proven your chances of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest is 11x more likely if you live in one county/city vs. another. 55% versus 5%.