A new study found that more people who lived on higher floors died from cardiac arrest than those who lived closer to the ground.

Researchers looked at 7,000 records of residents in the Toronto area who went into cardiac arrest at home and called 9-1-1.

Here’s the breakdown of survival rate from cardiac arrest (keep in mind the rate of survival is generally low):

Below the 3rd floor: 4.2%

Above the 16th floor: 1%

Above the 25th floor: none

The authors blame response time as the cause since it can take several minutes longer to reach someone on a higher floor, thereby delaying treatment.

The solution:

Give paramedics a universal key so that they can override the elevator.

Put AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) in buildings so that roommates and neighbours can provide treatment while waiting for the paramedics. If you aren’t familiar with an AED, don’t worry because they are fool-proof.

Get trained in CPR, or simply watch this YouTube video.

For more:

Statnews.com article

Learn how to use an AED here

Learn how to do CPR on an adult here NB: You no longer need to give rescue breaths (unless the victim was drowning) and instead, can provide compression-only CPR.

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