If basic life support (BLS) is delayed from 1 to 4 minutes after cardiac arrest, the
recovery rate is 50 percent. If BLS is delayed 7 minutes after cardiac arrest, the
recovery rate is 8 percent. If BLS is delayed for 10 minutes after cardiac arrest, the
recovery rate is less than one percent.
COMMON CAUSES OF SUDDEN DEATH
Listed below are the common causes of sudden death:
b. Electrical shock.
e. Smoke inhalation.
f. Choking on food or other objects.
g. Sensitivity reaction and anaphylactic shock.
h. Automobile accident.
j. Myocardial infarction.
RESCUER RESPONSIBILITIES DURING CARDIOPULMONARY
A person performing CPR has two basic responsibilities: prevent biological
death of the casualty and get competent help. To prevent biological death, you must be
able to recognize the nature of the emergency. You must also be able to provide
artificial breathing and artificial circulation immediately. The ability to get competent
help involves knowing the civilian telephone numbers for emergencies (911 in major
metropolitan areas) including special numbers on a military installation including the
general emergency number, the fire department number, and military police, number.