chain of survival

The Chain of Survival refers to the links critical to improving the chances of survival and recovery for heart attack, stroke and other emergencies. The links are:

  • Recognizing a heart attack or other emergency and activating the emergency response system, such as dialing 9-1-1
  • Early CPR
  • Rapid defibrillation
  • Effective advanced life support
  • Integrated post-cardiac arrest care

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