However, the survival rate is dismal - less than one in ten patients survive to be discharged from hospital.
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). 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, improving survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrest. Since October 2014, 4 million people have accessed CPR training using the BHF Heartstart and Call Push Rescue training kits, working with community groups and secondary schools across the UK.
Ensuring that all young people are taught CPR and PAD awareness at secondary school is vital to achieving our ambition and we work as part of the Every Child a Lifesaver Coalition to promote the teaching of age and stage appropriate first aid and CPR in all schools across the UK.
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