Currently, less than 1 in 10 people in the UK survive a cardiac arrest that takes place outside of a hospital setting. However, chances of survival can more than double if somebody suffering a cardiac arrest is given early CPR and defibrillation.
The importance of training the public in life-saving interventions has been made even more apparent following the recent experience of football pundit Glenn Hoddle, whose life was saved because of the bystander CPR and defibrillation he received after he collapsed from a cardiac arrest.
Restart a Heart is an annual event organised by the British Heart Foundation, Resuscitation Council, St John Ambulance, the British Red Cross, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue and Yorkshire Ambulance Service. The event is designed to bring together schools, charities, emergency services, volunteers and private trainers on and around 16 October to teach CPR and defibrillation.
Following the success of this year’s campaign, our Chief Executive, Simon Gillespie, said:
CPR is the difference between life and death for thousands of people every year in the UK who suffer a cardiac arrest. Campaigns like Restart a Heart Day, which aim to raise awareness of the importance of life saving CPR, are making a real difference. We have seen promising improvements in bystander CPR rates since the first Restart a Heart Day campaign four years ago. Since then, the BHF has trained over 4 million people in life saving CPR. But we’re not stopping yet – we want to see everyone trained in CPR, to vastly improve cardiac arrest survival rates.”