Creating a Nation of Lifesavers

CPR training in a schoolIn the UK there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests a year outside of hospital where the emergency medical services attempt to resuscitate the victim.

However, our survival rate is dismal - less than one in ten victims survive to be discharged from hospital – and lags behind those of other developed nations.

There are a few simple steps that anyone witnessing a cardiac arrest, or finding a victim, can take to help save their life: calling 999, performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) , and using a PAD (public access defibrillator) if one is available. But people lack the skills, confidence and ability to step in and help.

We are determined to tackle this, by creating a Nation of Lifesavers and improving survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrest. Ensuring that all young people are taught CPR and PAD awareness at secondary school will be vital to achieving this ambition.

For further information please read our policy statement or email policy@bhf.org.uk