This Saturday, Burnley Football Club is proud to host an awareness day for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, more commonly known as CPR.
This can help save a life!
Team Doctor, Simon Morris, is the driving force behind the day, which will see players wearing #SavingLives T-shirts in the warm up and, at half time, 12 members of the North West Ambulance Service demonstrating life-saving CPR techniques to volunteers on the pitch.
A short video will also be shown on the big screen to accompany the demonstration.
Dr Morris said: “Imagine the scenario; You are walking along the road with your best friend, getting excited about the match. Suddenly he doesn’t feel very well, holds his chest and tries to sit down on the pavement.
Next thing you know he is lying motionless on his back. Would you know what to do? What you do next could save his life?
That’s what we want to try and provide potentially vital life-saving information to our supporters at today’s game.
Each year, UK Ambulance Services respond to approximately 60,000 cases of suspected cardiac arrest.
Resuscitation is attempted in less than half of these cases.
The main reason for this, is that the person has not received CPR immediately, so by the time the emergency services arrive, your mate will have died.
Training you to perform CPR and by using an automated external defibrillator (AED) will double the chances of survival and could save thousands of lives each year.”
There are 4 key steps that will help your mate survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest:-
1: Early recognition and call for help
Recognise he is seriously ill and you NEED to call an ambulance.
2: Early CPR
Starting CPR immediately quadruples the survival chances from cardiac arrest. However only 40% of victims in the UK receive immediate bystander CPR.
Get on and do it; you won’t do any harm!
3: Early Defibrillation
Defibrillation within 3–5 minutes of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 70%.
A nearby AED can be used to deliver the first shock.
Each minute of delay to defibrillation reduces the probability of survival by 10%.
In the UK, fewer than 2% of victims have an AED deployed before the ambulance arrives.
4: Early Paramedic and Hospital Care
CPR – What to do.
Dr Morris added: “All you have to do is pay attention for nine minutes at half time today to learn how to save a life.
"You never know, that life may be your mate, your wife, your partner or even your child.”
Dr Simon Morris
Burnley FC Team Doctor