Response to BMJ debate on transporting cardiac arrest patients to hospital

24 September 2014        

Learning CPR

The British Medical Journal has published a debate on transporting cardiac arrest victims to hospital.

The BHF thinks that it is vital that more bystanders are able to step in and help cardiac arrest victims to enable paramedics to attempt to resuscitate more people.

In some cases, effective bystander intervention can help double the person’s chance of surviving.

Judy O’Sullivan, our Assistant Programme Director, said: “Paramedics attempt to resuscitate more than 30,000 people in the UK every year and make decisions at the scene how best to treat these people. 

“Treatment by paramedics offers the best chance of survival and they could attempt to resuscitate more victims if bystanders stepped in quickly enough. 

“Bystanders can significantly improve these victims’ chance of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest by calling 999 immediately, starting CPR and using a defibrillator if one is available. 

“Early intervention can be the difference between life and death. To improve survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrests in the UK we must ensure everyone is trained in life saving skills.”