Today is the 112th day – here are the tips that can save lives

Today, 11 February, International 112 Day is celebrated, the purpose of which is to draw attention to and inform about the European emergency number 112.

The Cardiopulmonary Foundation takes the opportunity to spread knowledge about the most common cause of death in Sweden – cardiovascular disease.

This includes stroke, heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest. The cases of the disease differ in several ways, but have one factor in common:

– In the event of a stroke, heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, time is extremely precious and thanks to research, we know that quick measures save lives and reduce injuries, says Kristina Sparreljung, Secretary General of the Heart-Lung Foundation, in a press release.

By knowing the most common warning signals, more victims can receive care in time.

Photo: Yvonne Åsell / SvD / TT


Every year, almost 25,000 people suffer a stroke, the collective name for cerebral infarction and cerebral haemorrhage.

Nearly 6,000 people die from the victims.

Do you suspect that a person close to you has suffered a stroke? Then the “ACUTE test” can be vital to keep track of:

FACE: Ask the person to smile. If the mouthpiece hangs. – Call 112!

BODY: Raise your arms for 10 seconds. If an arm falls. – Call 112!

PRONUNCIATION: If the person speaks slurred or not finds the right word. – Call 112!

TIME: Every second is vital. Do not wait. – Call 112!

News24 has been in contact with Anna Aderlund at Hjärt-Lungfonden, which emphasizes the importance of alerting 112 in time.

– When it comes to stroke, we know that the risk of loss of function increases the longer the time passes. Far too few patients, about one in three, are admitted to hospital within three hours. And we know that an hour’s loss of time before thrombectomy is inserted halves the effect of the treatment, she tells Nyheter24 and continues:

– We also know that it is not possible to make too large generalizations because the damage to the brain differs depending on which vessel and which area of ​​the brain is affected.

Myocardial infarction

About 25,000 people suffer a heart attack in Sweden every year, and of these, more than 5,000 die.

Calling 112 quickly if you suspect a heart attack can be the difference between life and death.

“The faster you receive treatment, the greater the chances of reducing the damage to the heart muscle,” writes the Heart-Lung Foundation in its press release.

How do you recognize a heart attack then? It is common for the person to experience severe pain in the middle of the chest, which sometimes radiates to the arms, neck, neck, jaws, abdomen or back.

Some patients also experience nausea, dizziness and anxiety.

Photo: Henrik Holmberg / TT

Sudden cardiac arrest

Every year, 6,000 people suffer from cardiac arrest outside hospitals, and of these, only about 600 survive.

The chances of survival decrease by about 10 percent per minute as long as no one starts cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

“It is vital that the environment immediately calls 112 (ambulance and emergency services), immediately initiates cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and picks up the nearest available defibrillators”, writes the Heart-Lung Foundation in its press release.

How do you recognize a cardiac arrest? The sufferer immediately loses consciousness, lacks pulse and normal breathing.

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