A campaign to help teach people how to administer CPR is being declared a success.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance and Eastbourne Area Community First Responders worked together in the Restart a Heart campaign earlier this month. Together they taught over 250 children and adults in the Eastbourne and Wealden areas how to administer CPR.
Special drop in events were held at Uckfield Community Fire Station alongside sessions at Hankham Primary and Westrise Junior School in Eastbourne.
This was part of a wider campaign across the UK which saw SECAmb and its partners train in excess of 10,000 people in how to save a life. The Restart a Heart campaign is an annual initiative which aims to train as many people as possible in CPR, so that more people know these vital skills.
Today, if someone suffers a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK, they sadly have less than a one in ten chance of surviving. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of premature death, but with immediate treatment many lives can be saved. It occurs because the electrical rhythm that controls the heart is replaced by a chaotic disorganised electrical rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). The quicker this can be treated by CPR & defibrillation the greater the chance of successful resuscitation. Seconds count, and the ambulance service is unlikely to arrive quickly enough to resuscitate most victims.
Many victims can be saved if people nearby recognise what has happened, summon the ambulance service with the minimum of delay, perform basic CPR (chest compressions) and use a defibrillator to provide a high energy electric shock to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.
Find out more: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/how-to-save-a-life