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Would you be willing to do CPR?

Would you be willing to do CPR?

Published at 8:34pm 16th October 2017. (Updated at 10:25am 17th October 2017)

The British Heart Foundation has released what it's calling "worrying" figures on Restart a Heart Day.

They reveal that nearly a fifth of people in Yorkshire have seen someone suffer a cardiac arrest, but 85% of people surveyed would be reluctant to perform CPR.

The main reasons for their reluctance to step in are lacking the skills and knowledge to help and the fear of causing more harm than good.

However, experts say that the benefits of performing CPR far outweigh any concerns, because if you do nothing, the patient is likely to die.

There are more than 30,000 cardiac arrests every year in the UK and very few people survive.

It's believed that if survival rates matched those reported in Norway, where CPR is taught more widely, as many as 5,000 lives could be saved.

Every minute without CPR or defibrillation can reduce a person's chances of surviving a cardiac arrest by around 10%.

As part of Restart a Heart Day, more than 25,000 children across Yorkshire have been taught how to perform CPR.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: "CPR may be the difference between life and death for hundreds of people every year in Yorkshire and the Humber who suffer a cardiac arrest. Every second counts, and it simply isn't enough to hope that someone who knows CPR is present.

"We need everyone in Yorkshire and the Humber to learn this life-saving skill to give them the confidence to step in and give CPR when someone collapses after a cardiac arrest.

"That's why we are urging secondary schools across the UK to apply for our free training kits and help create a Nation of Lifesavers."

Jason Carlyon, Clinical Development Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, added: "CPR is a simple technique that everyone should learn, because it could save someone's life. If you witness a cardiac arrest, there is a high chance that the patient will be someone you love, because most out-of-hospital instances occur in the home.

"The important thing to remember is that chest compressions should be carried out hard and fast for maximum effectiveness. Broken ribs are often a sign of effective CPR - would you rather someone survive with a broken rib or be dead? It's as simple as that."

To find out how you can teach CPR in your school, workplace or community group, visit www.bhf.org.uk/cpr

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