Last year this campaign taught CPR skills to over 150,000 people across Europe. This weekend, at the West Ham game, we are hoping to reach 20,000 of you.
What are CPR Skills?
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Skills are a few basic things you can do to help save someone’s life when their heart stops.
Why is this important to me?
Over 60,000 people have a Cardiac Arrest each year. Most of them, over 80%, occur in the home and that means it could happen to someone in your family.
Think about it…
In your home...
To your daughter, your son, your husband or wife, your brother or sister – would you know what to do?
Cardiac Arrest is just an older person’s game isn’t it?
Most cardiac arrests occur in older people, yes, but it is also the leading cause of death in young athletes.
But the chance of me making a difference is next to nothing, right?
No, wrong. If you start CPR immediately you can double the chances of that person living.
Ok, ok, so what do I need to do?
Pay attention for 10 mins to the demonstration at Half Time or visit the fanzone before the game. They'll show you what to do.
I normally grab a pie and a pint and need the loo at half time! Can’t you tell me?
Well they talk about the Chain Of Survival - 4 key steps that will help you survive:-
- 1: Early recognition and call for help - Recognise the person is seriously ill and you NEED to call ambulance.
- 2: Early CPR - Get on and do it, you won’t do any harm!
- 3: Early Defibrillation - Defibrillation within 3–5 min of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 70%. A nearby AED can be used to deliver the first shock. Every 1 minute’s 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
It sounds very boring, isn’t there something a bit more fun?
Check out NWAS’s NEW Animated Video - HERE
Shouldn’t we be teaching this in Schools?
Yes we should. Less than 1 in 10 people survive a Cardiac Arrest in the UK. Basic Life Support is taught to all schoolchildren in Norway and survival rate is over 25%.
I’m sold, can I do more and help my neighbours?
Yes, you can become a Community First Responder, The Hero Next Door! Telephone 0345 112 0 999 or go to www.nwas.nhs.uk/volunteer for more information.
Dr. Simon Morris
Burnley FC 1st Team Doctor