Are you a Chain of Survival participant?
By that, I mean have you been party to a cardiac arrest resuscitation attempt? i.e. raised the alarm, performed CPR, used an AED or even just witnessed the event?
A poll in our sister support group – Chain of Survival UK shows that professional support is very limited for members of the public who have taken part in an out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) resuscitation attempt.
We’d like to find out more about this and so this survey is for people who have taken part in a resuscitation attempt (whether active or passive) and aims to find out if they received any support and what support they would have liked.
This survey is primarily aimed at non-medical professionals but health professionals are welcome to complete it.
This is also true for parents/guardians of a person who is under 18 and wishes to participate in the survey
If you have attended multiple cardiac arrest resuscitation attempts please answer the questions in relation to your first experience.
Note that on some questions you may select multiple answers.
The survey is anonymous and results from the survey will be published at a latter date.
PLEASE ONLY COMPLETE THIS SURVEY IF YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE DOING SO, AS SOME OF THE QUESTIONS MAY BE TRIGGERING
If you are in the UK and have taken part in a resuscitation attempt you may also be interested in joining the peer support group Chain of Survival UK where you can talk with many others with a similar experience.
After our first meet-up in February 2015, I realised I was not alone. It was the first time since my cardiac arrest the previous year that I had spoken face-to-face with someone who had experienced what I had. This was also true for my wife, who also happened to be my lifesaver. From that meet-up, the idea of SCA UK was born. Since then, we have achieved a considerable amount, primarily providing information, resources and support to others in a similar situation but also raising the profile of survivorship and the need for better post-discharge care. We are starting to get traction in this, and with the formation of the charity, I genuinely believe we have a bright future ahead and will make a significant difference in the lives of many who join our ranks.