Getting first aid with sudden cardiac arrest is the easiest way to save a life. But why do so few people do that?

Comment by Christian Weber

He is very often a superfluous death in Germany: sudden cardiac death. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 people die each year because suddenly the heart fails and no more blood pumped into the brain and body. It is thus much more common than suicide, for example, which is committed by around 10,000 people a year in Germany, mostly due to a mental disorder. He is also more common than the death in traffic, which claimed 3177 casualties last year. How strange that it will not be done against the sudden cardiac arrest.

With good reason, an entire industry is working to reduce the number of suicides: more and more new campaigns are to draw attention to the depression and the possibility of their treatment. Intensive research is being carried out into new therapies. For the road, the engineers have invented the seatbelt and the airbag, some politicians even demand speed 130 on the highways.

An ongoing tragedy

The fight against sudden cardiac death is a secondary issue in comparison, although the therapy is simple and well-known: The next-door passer-by would have to quickly call the emergency number 112, then bend over the person concerned and press it about 100 times per minute five inches deep in the chest , If the helper knows how to do it, he should also give oral respiration, but pressing is more important.

Actually, very simple.

Every second counts. The survival probability of a sudden cardiac arrest is reduced by about ten percent with each passing minute. After five minutes, survival is virtually eliminated. But five minutes is the time that an ambulance usually needs at least to be on-site. First aid in the form of a cardiac massage doubles the chances of survival.

According to data from the German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, only one in three with cardiac arrest is likely to receive this simple help in Germany, and some estimates are still considerably lower. Germany is thus in the lower third in European comparison. In Scandinavia, 70 percent of those affected expect immediate resuscitation.

The question remains how to react to this situation. With a state duty to the first aid course, which has already made a lot of people for the driver's license anyway? On what legal basis? Perhaps the problem is not the lack of knowledge, but the lack of courage. This is probably the most important message: non-action is definitely the worst option. People, please help.

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