The term Chain of Survival
provides a useful metaphor for the elements of the ECC systems concept.
The 5 links in the adult Chain of Survival are
• Immediate recognition
of cardiac arrest and activation
of the emergency response system
• Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
with an emphasis on chest compressions
• Rapid defibrillation
• Effective advanced life support
• Integrated post-cardiac arrest care
A strong Chain of Survival can improve chances of survival and recovery for victims of heart attack, stroke and other emergencies.