Approximately 80% of SCA’s occur at home and often the first on the scene and the first to attend the patient is a family member.  Even if the person is familiar with CPR, performing it on a loved one can be a totally different matter and this traumatic situation is likely not prepared for.  Also if family members are just witnesses to the event the shock and horror of what is happening to a loved one can be at best, deeply unsettling.

Be aware that PTSD is not routinely screened for in either the survivor or close family members and symptoms can take weeks, months or even years to surface. For more information follow the link below.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder