If people listen to Dr. George Lundberg, it will be very unfortunate for future victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
He states in MedPage Today, "If an average adult keels over in the street, is found unresponsive and pulseless by a bystander, and is administered CPR while a 911 call is made, the odds that such a person will emerge from the eventualities of the resuscitation effort healthy and with a normally functioning brain are about 2%." The other outcomes are death -- soon, or within 30 days -- after lots of cost and much suffering for many, or being discharged from a hospital, alive but mentally impaired, presumably lifelong. So, I don't know about you, but if I drop dead on the street, observed or unobserved, I suppose the observer will feel obligated to call 911, but PLEASE do not administer closed chest cardiac massage to me." More...
Seriously? As noted here, we state: "Sudden Cardiac Arrest affects about 1,000 people a day. Imagine two 747s crashing every day and you will get an idea of its toll. However, while the average survival rate is 8%, communities with strong layperson CPR programs and ready access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) have achieved survival rates of 38% and higher. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has a growing community of survivors -- people of all ages who were brought back to life -- and to their families, thanks to immediate intervention by bystanders. Check out our website, www.sca-aware.org, and you can see for yourself the profound lifesaving benefits of training the public in CPR and use of AEDs."