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Rescue Chain

Course of Events after an Incident

The project «HeartSafe Davos» optimizes the rescue chain from the identification of an unconscious individual by a lay person to the emergency care through the rescue team. «HeartSafe Davos» is an important project for the community of Davos, considering the 10,000 annual or 27 daily deaths in Switzerland, the majority of which are attributable to cardiac complications.

Demonstration of the Rescue Chain

 
A woman suffers from a sudden cardiac death in the conference center. A staff member is observing her and reacts quickly.   He begins with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (here shown on a manikin), while a colleague prepares the AED for action.
 
 the push of a button, the electric shock is activated.   After the professionals from the emergency medical services arrive, they take over the rescue and medical care of the patient.
The time frame available to rescue a victim from a sudden cardiac arrest is very short. The race against time starts immediately. Each unused minute without defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by 10%.
After 5 minutes without defibrillation, irreversible brain damage begins to occur. Far more than 75% of the victims suffering from sudden cardiac arrest who are rescued with an automatic external defibrillator are saved without any harmful consequences.
 

Training for Davos

Education as decisive Factor

The course of events and the related provisions after an incident occurs are linked in a chain-like fashion. The most important factor of this rescue chain is the trained citizen.

What benefit is there for a victim of a sudden cardiac death if the rescue response team requires at least 15 minutes to arrive at the site of the accident? Within this time frame, it is probably already too late to intervene.

The decisive link in the chain is you!

Learn how to use an AED in the «Basic Life Support Course» such that you are prepared to apply your life-saving skills in an emergency situation.


The professionals of the rescue response team require an average of 10-15 minutes to arrive at the site of the accident.
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