Cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart is starved of oxygen and is unable to pump blood. This can be caused by:

·tHeart disease

·tDrowning

·tSuffocation

·tPoisonous gases

·tHead injury

·tDrug overdose

·tElectric shock

When confronted with cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is necessary to provide a continuous oxygen and blood flow. It is a combination of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation that must only be performed when a person is:

·tUnconscious

·tUnresponsive

·tNot breathing normally

·tNot moving

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