Today I had the opportunity to talk to my colleagues about something very important to me, CPR.
This is a subject very close to home for me. As I, my mum, aunt and grand mum all have the same heart condition known as LQT. Monitored this condition is relativity safe, however my aunt has suffered from three cardiac arrests. The good news is she has survived all three thanks to the people around her knowing how to give CPR.
30,000 people in the uk will suffer from an out of hospital heart attack every year, 20% of these will happen in a public place such as a town centre, hair salon or while out for a run.
12 people under 35 die every week from cardiac arrest and 270 children per year.
It is believed that in a room of 100 people only 43 on them will know how to give CPR and only 10 of them will be confident enough to preform it.
Every minute without CPR reduces the chances of survival by 10%, in urban areas the wait time for emergency services is 10minutes. 40% to 100% of people will die in this time.
The British heart foundation believes that people lack the skills, abilities and confidence to preform CPR and are making it there mission to have CPR added to secondary school curriculum.
In some cases preforming CPR can double the chance of surviving a out of hospital heart attack or cardiac arrest and so it is vital witnesses to one have the skills and confidence to step in and help.
I wanted to talk to the team to show them the importance of learning CPR and to show them some videos on how to preform it.
I also spoke to the team about public AEDs, I explained what they were, where our closest one was and showed them a video about how to use one.
Below is the link for the video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQNNOh8c8ks