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Word on Learning CPR

Our grateful thanks to the British Heart Foundation for their contribution to our radio feature (which you can hear again via the audio player at the bottom of this page) and the information below. To access the free online CPR & defibrillator skills training click here  

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is an emergency lifesaving procedure, performed when the heart stops beating.  It combines chest compressions and rescue breaths to give a person the best chance of survival following a cardiac arrest. (If an adult is unresponsive and not breathing normally, you still need to call 999 or 112 for emergency help and start CPR straight away.)

Each year over 30,000 people have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK, with less than one in ten surviving – too few of us know how to give CPR or know how to use a defibrillator (if one is available) learning how to give CPR and how to use a defibrillator can more than double someone’s chance of survival.

What you need to start the free British Heart Foundation Online CPR & Defibrillator Skills training? All you need to start learning CPR with the British Heart Foundation is a cushion handy and your smart device (phone or tablet) and 15 minutes of your time. Its recommended that you complete the training somewhere you feel comfortable.


Listen to this weeks radio report

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