Early ALS

Many more lives have been saved by the application of the first three links of the Chain of Survival but effective and timely advanced life support will influence not only survival but also the quality of life. The interventions undertaken by a hospital cardiac arrest team or paramedics in the out-of-hospital setting will include intubation to protect the airway, securing intravenous access and administering cardiac arrest drugs. Whilst this is happening it is also essential to assess the casualty's clinical history for potentially reversible causes and ensure that CPR remains effective.

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