25 February 2020

Learn how to do CPR!

Learn how to do CPR!

Although it’s now February, if you’re still looking for suggestions for your new years resolution, we have a humble suggestion and that is to add cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to your list. CPR training is for everybody and it is a skill worth having!

When someone is having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), every single second really does count and if you witness a SCA it is crucial that you call 999 and start CPR immediately.

Research by The Resuscitation Council (UK) and St John Ambulance shows that the general public are afraid to provide CPR without training, putting lives in danger. Therefore, we are passionate about encouraging individuals to learn this vital skill because we have seen how it can save lives.

It’s Easy to Learn and Anyone Can Do It

You don’t have to have years of training or extensive medical experience to effectively learn and perform CPR. It can be carried out by anyone and whilst you can learn from online videos and step-by-step guides, attending a training course can teach you these skills and allow you to ask questions and ensure your technique is correct.

CPR Saves Lives!

Around 9 in 10 people who have cardiac arrests outside the hospital die.But CPR can help improve those odds. If it is performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

Having more people trained in CPR techniques who can intervene whilst waiting for emergency medical services to arrive can lessen that.

Save someone you Care About

Did you know that over 75% of the UKs SCAs happen inside of the home?

 A report by the British Heart Foundation said "In the UK there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests a year outside of hospital". SCA is a leading cause of death globally and it can happen to anyone, even young athletes. Therefore, this means that you are more likely to use your CPR skills to help someone close to you, including family and friends, than assisting a stranger.

Get used to New Technologies

Most First Aid training courses now include training for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and when these are used within the first 3-5 minutes of a person suffering a SCA these can dramatically increase a victims chance of survival from less than 6% to as much as 74%.

Be prepared for those unexpected emergencies and add CPR training to your list of things to do. Whatever your reason for choosing to learn this vital skill it is always a great decision.

Here at SP we’ve put together a qick guide to ‘What to do in an Emergency’ which covers the basics of delivering CPR and this will help bridge the gap between reading this article and successfully completing your CPR training.


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