Over a quarter (27%) of adults living in the North East of England wouldn’t perform CPR if they saw someone suffer a cardiac arrest, according to worrying new figures released that marked Restart a Heart Day.
Restart a Heart Day is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the importance of CPR, which saw more than 200,000 people trained in life saving CPR. This year for the first time, the day was marked globally, as training and awareness events took place for World Restart a Heart Day.
North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) backed the campaign by visiting schools across the region and supported teachers to train their school pupils in how to administer CPR, training around 3,000 people in total.
The UK campaign, which is now in its 5th year, was launched after figures revealed that less than one in 10 people in Britain survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest, due to low bystander CPR rates. In countries where CPR is taught in schools, as many as one in four survive.
Alex Mason, community development officer at NEAS, said: “There is nothing more disheartening to an ambulance crew than arriving on scene to a patient where CPR is not in progress when it could have been.
“CPR is incredibly easy to deliver but we understand people don’t always find it easy to start CPR, either because they’re not sure how or think they may hurt the person. However, the chances of survival and the quality of life thereafter are vastly increased if CPR is begun as soon as possible and literally every second counts. If you do need to deliver CPR, you will be given support by our health advisors over the phone until an ambulance crew arrives.
“Our community resuscitation team work up and down our region to support our local communities and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to help save lives in their local area. Restart a Heart is an extension of this and we’re looking forward to visiting schools across the North East today to create our next generation of lifesavers.”