Nearly a third of people in Yorkshire wouldn't attempt CPR

Nearly a third of people in Yorkshire wouldn't attempt CPR

Published at 9:19am 16th October 2018.

Nearly a third of adults living in Yorkshire & Humber wouldn’t perform CPR if they saw someone suffer a cardiac arrest, according to new figures released to mark Restart a Heart Day.

Researchers from the University of Warwick Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcome (OHCAO) Registry team worked with YouGov to survey over 4,000 UK adults. Participants were asked questions about their knowledge of CPR, and whether they would feel confident in performing it on someone who had had a cardiac arrest.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF), which commissioned the research, says the figures show that lives are still being put at risk every day because not enough people know how to perform CPR.

Restart a Heart Day, is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the importance of CPR, which will today see over 200,000 people trained in life saving CPR. The campaign is organised jointly by the BHF, the Resuscitation Council (UK), St John Ambulance, the British Red Cross, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and ambulance trusts and fire and rescue services across the country. This year for the first time, the day will be marked globally, as training and awareness events take place for World Restart a Heart Day.

Although 97% of those who responded in the region said they were likely to call an ambulance if they saw someone had collapsed and had stopped breathing, early CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival.

Prof Gavin Perkins, Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Warwick, who led the research, said:

“The Warwick team has for 10 years focused its research on out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates, and how to improve them. The rates of bystander CPR in the UK have for too long lagged behind other European nations, but with campaigns like Restart a Heart Day helping to raise awareness of the issue, we are now thankfully seeing some improvements.”

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation, said:

“You may not feel confident performing CPR if you haven’t been trained or you don’t remember your training; but without your early action the chances someone will survive a cardiac arrest are virtually zero. The BHF is striving to improve survival rates by creating a Nation of Lifesavers through our CPR training programmes. By raising awareness on Restart a Heart Day, we hope more people will see that CPR really can be the difference between life and death and that doing something is always better than doing nothing.”

Jason Carlyon, Clinical Development Manager with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said:

“These statistics reinforce the need for community CPR initiatives like Restart a Heart Day and by going into schools to teach CPR we can give pupils the skills and confidence to save a life from an early age. We are proud that the mass CPR training event – pioneered in Yorkshire to mark Restart a Heart Day - has caught the attention of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation which is now using the event to encourage mass CPR training on a global scale!”

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