Save lives with CPR

 In other countries, survival rates are more than DOUBLE that: at 20-25%

We could – and surely should – improve the UK situation!

We can do that without more money for the NHS (although I’m sure that would always be welcome!)
And we don’t need nurses, or doctors to get involved.

If bystanders – ordinary people like you and me – get on and do CPR they can DOUBLE the chances of survival.

Some studies have found that early bystander CPR can even increase survival rates FOUR fold.

Imagine that! Imagine saving someone’s life!
And now, please don’t just imagine it.
Prepare to do it.
Check out the You-tube videos below, to get an idea of the simple things you’ll need to do

Then, try Lifesaver. This is a live-action movie that you play like a game. It shows you how to save someone’s life in four action-packed scenarios – including a brand new teen-focused scenario. It throws you into the heart of the action as you make crucial decisions and learn essential life-saving skills.

Lifesaver feels very like the real thing. It’s a bit scary. But it’s a lot less scary than not knowing what to do, and not being able to help, if you see someone collapse.
Since the most common place for an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is the home, it is most likely that it’s a member of your own family or a friend that you’ll be trying to save.

In really short summary, CPR is about Call Push Rescue.

CALL 999 – and the operator will help you.
If you’re in a public place, also CALL for a defibrillator.
Some hearts are what is described as ‘shockable’. In these cases, then for every MINUTE defibrillation is delayed, the chances of survival fall by around 10%.
So don’t wait for the Ambulance to get there. 
If you’re in a station or a shopping centre, get someone to ask for their defibrillator whilst you’re doing CPR.
Here’s what to look for in the UK:
Defibrillation is key alongside CPR. This is what defibrillators look like in the community in the UK. Image: Mirror newspaper
Defibrillation is key alongside CPR. This is what defibrillators look like in the community in the UK. Image: Mirror newspaper

Most defibrillators ‘talk’ to you to tell you what to do when you open them up. If your one doesnt ‘talk’, there will always be easy instructions inside ALL defibrillator boxes.

After CALL, its PUSH and RESCUE.

Even if you’ve not been to a formal training session, you can learn how to PUSH from YouTube. Vinnie Jones has made a video with a ‘CPR lesson you’ll never forget’.

But the CPR on the video below is even better. Mini Vinnie demonstrates that hands-only CPR is – literally – childsplay:

Keep going with the CPR. Remember, you’ll at least DOUBLE the person’s chances of survival if you keep going with CPR until the ambulance arrives.

To remind you exactly what to do for hands-only CPR, and to check that you are pushing hard enough and fast enough, you can get the free British Heart Foundation Pocket CPR app here.

But if you really want to try doing CPR, the nearest you’re going to get to real life without it actually happening is the crisis simulator live action movie game Life-saver.

Practicing what to do in this live action movie game means you’ll be much better able to help if you ever witness a cardiac arrest in real life.

Try it out here (you’ll need to have Flashplayer). It takes a few moments for the game to load up: please wait while the circle whizzes round to reach 100. Then you have to Click that you have read and accepted the terms of the Lifesaver website. You don’t have to put your details in unless you want to (you can get a certificate!). But you must press ‘Enter’. Look down to click on ‘Menu’. Choose a name and press Start Now.

This simulator is very like real life. Pay attention! You’re about to try to restart a heart! Although this video game is very realistic then, unlike in real life, you can always try againEspecially if you’re as old as me and don’t immediately understand all the fine details of video gaming!

Please let me know how it went! I’m at caroline.mawer@gmail.com

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