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Just four in ten prepared to attempt to keep someone alive using first aid

Just four in ten prepared to attempt to keep someone alive using first aid

Tuesday 7th March 2017

Six in ten bystanders won't give a cardiac arrest victim first aid

  • Up to 1,000 lives a year could be saved if more people attempted to help
  • Just four in ten prepared to attempt to keep someone alive using first aid
  • By the time ambulance staff arrive valuable minutes may have been lost
  • New report from the British Heart Foundation estimates a further 1,000 lives could be saved each year if members of the public attempted to resuscitate

People are dying needlessly from heart attacks because bystanders are unwilling to step in to carry out life-saving techniques. Just four out of ten members of the public are prepared to attempt to keep someone alive undergoing a cardiac arrest using first aid. This compares to more than seven out of ten people (73 per cent) in Norway, where survival rates from cardiac arrest are three times higher than in the UK. By the time ambulance staff arrive to treat a patient, valuable minutes may have been lost which will increase the risk of death.

A new report from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) estimated a further 1,000 lives could be saved each year if members of the public attempted to resuscitate heart attack victims. The two main lifesaving methods for someone undergoing a heart attack are cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and defibrillation. CPR involves giving regular chest compressions to make the heart pump blood around the body. Defibrillators are portable machines that give electric shocks to jolt the heart into beating in a regular rhythm.
The machines are designed to be used by untrained members of the public and are stationed in many busy places like shopping centres or supermarkets.

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