Out-of-hospital Chain of Survival
The term Chain of Survival provides a useful metaphor for the elements of the ECC systems concept.
The 5 links in the adult out-of-hospital Chain of Survival are
- Recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
- Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions
- Rapid defibrillation
- Basic and advanced emergency medical services
- Advanced life support and post-cardiac arrest care