Vijayshil Gautam
International Paramedic Practice, Vol. 7, Iss. 2, 17 Jul 2017, pp 16 - 17

Arguably, one of the weak links in the Chain of Survival is the instigation of bystander CPR. The experience of King County with high rates of bystander CPR is associated with impressively high survival rates. This contrasts with a less encouraging provision of first aid in other places and correspondingly lower rates of survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This is both a matter of concern and interest. One of the most important contributions made by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) report in 2015 was to provide the long overdue official recommendation and endorsement for first aid education. In so doing, it also provided the mandate necessary to gain funds and support for training in first aid. It is obvious however, that only a mandate and support are not sufficient.

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