The Regional Civil Protection Service has created several awareness campaigns with regard to ‘Basic First Aid.’ The most current being the ‘Gestures that Save Lives’ project, which teaches the general public how to perform CPR on an cardiac arrest victims until the emergency services arrive.
In the Autonomous Region of Madeira, “about 200 cardiorespiratory arrests are recorded per year. Speed is of the essence as it increases the victims chances of survival, avoiding irreversible damage to the various organs, especially the brain. With every minute that passes, without resuscitation, the probability of survival decreases by 7% to 10%.”
Concluding, the Regional Civil Protection Service believe that there is a need to foster both knowledge and confidence within society, so that those suffering a heart attack have the best chance of survival.”
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