"OHCA Survival Rate for Individuals Aged 40 or Below"

SADS HK Foundation (SADS HK) has commissioned the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) to conduct research on the “Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) Survival Rate for Individuals Aged 40 or Below”, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Fire Services Department. Our research was presented at a Press Conference in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, on Thursday 30 November, 2023.

It was generally believed that OHCA cases mostly occurred in public places, such as sports grounds. However, the study found that nearly half of the young OHCA cases occur at home, with an average of 3 cases every week.

Therefore, we promoted the understanding of cardiac warning signs, as encouraged public to be a brave first responder and save your loved ones’ lives.

    To enhance OHCA survival rates, we proposed three essential recommendations.

    1. we suggested popularizing and diversifying cardiac arrest first aid education, extending the training to primary schools to cultivate public awareness of first aid from an early age, and moving towards universal first aid proficiency.
    2. we recommended increasing access to AED for those in need, emphasizing the acquisition of AED in residential areas.
    3. we advocated for the integration of technology to enhance the chances of patient recovery, encouraging the use of innovative technologies and big data to assist the public in performing first aid.
    Relevant media reports will be shared later.