Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has welcomed a campaign by the British Heart Foundation to give school pupils the skills to help save the life of a friend or loved one who is having a cardiac arrest.
The ‘Nation of Lifesavers’ campaign has been launched because the vast majority of the more than 30,000 cardiac arrests that take place each year out of a hospital, happen in front of friends or family. Without help, the person will die within minutes but effective and immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help double the chance of survival in some cases.
Through their campaign, the British Heart Foundation aim to create a ‘Nation of Lifesavers’ by making CPR training available in schools, but also in workplaces and community groups.
They have a new free ‘watch and learn’ CPR training kit, which includes everything needed to teach the three simple steps that could help save a life:
C - Call 999 immediately.
P - Push hard and fast on the centre of the chest 30 times.
R - Give two Rescue breaths.
In supporting the campaign, Wayne David said, “Survival rates from out of hospital cardiac arrests in the UK are extremely low at just 1 in 10. But if more people knew life-saving CPR skills we could save more lives.
“That is why I am supporting the British Heart Foundation’s campaign to create a ‘Nation of Lifesavers’ and would encourage every school in the constituency to get the CPR training kit. I hope that through this campaign more young people can gain the skills needed, so that if someone they know has a cardiac arrest they could help save their life”.
To order the free CPR training kit log on to the British Heart Foundation website: bhf.org.uk/cpr