Victoria Sees Spike in Cardiac Arrests, Prompting Urgent Action

Victorians are experiencing a surge in deadly cardiac arrests, with the state recording its highest number of cases ever in 2021/22. St John Ambulance, the state’s leading first-aid organization, is calling for immediate intervention in 10 specific postcodes where the situation seems particularly critical.

Data from the Victorian Ambulance Cardiac Arrest Registry (VACAR) reveals a disturbing trend. Over the past decade, sudden cardiac arrest rates have been steadily climbing. In 2021/22, a record-breaking 7,361 cases were reported. Even after adjusting for population growth, the incidence rate per 100,000 people has jumped significantly, from 94 to 111 in the last ten years.

The low survival rate for these events, hovering around 5%, adds another layer of urgency. Specific areas are being pinpointed for immediate action, with 10 postcodes identified as needing the most critical intervention.

St John Ambulance is likely to play a key role in addressing this crisis. They may be implementing targeted programs or initiatives in the most affected areas.

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