Living on lower ground may increase survival rates in cardiac arrest

New research shows that living on the high levels of a building may decrease your chance of survival in the event of cardiac arrest. A recent Canadian study shows that the further a cardiac arrest patient was from the ground floor, the lower the survival rate since it took emergency care teams longer to reach patients on higher floors. This study shows the need to focus on further interventions and solutions for reaching patients in high-rise buildings, including, for example, giving first responders sole access to elevators for emergency service and better placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Click here to find out more.