Join us on European Cardiac Arrest Awareness Day
All citizens of the world can save lives
Every year around 350,000 Europeans suffer out-of-hospital cardiorespiratory arrest (CRA) according to figures from the European Parliament. Given the huge number of cases it is highly likely that you will one day encounter a person suffering from cardiac arrest. Would you know what to do? Probably not. The majority of us are woefully unaware of what to do in the first few minutes and until the ambulance arrives, a crucial window of time for saving the victim’s life. In fact, every minute of delay reduces the possibility of survival by 10 percent.
It is vitally important that the vast majority of people are able to carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This is our goal: having a society that can save lives. This year, Fundación MAPFRE is taking part in European Cardiac Arrest Awareness Day, which will be held on 16 October under the slogan: “All citizens save lives”. In Spain, this initiative is coordinated by the Spanish Council of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. For this campaign, Fundación MAPFRE has produced a series of educational materials with the objective of delivering a vital message to the general public: When faced with a heart attack, act.