What is Resuscitation (CPR)?
Being 'at risk' may be useful to know. More importantly, knowing what to do and when someone collapses gives that person a better chance of living. If you see someone collapse it is vital that you check them carefully. If they do not respond to you shouting or shaking them you will need to help them. If you cannot see them breathing normally then an ambulance must be called: at this point heart massage (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) should start.
Why do CPR?
Currently only 10% of people survive a community cardiac arrest. This is frequently because early resuscitation is not started. Early CPR will increase the chance of survival to 50%.
Each minute without CPR means that a further 10% of people will die and 10 minutes without a heart output or any resuscitation is almost always fatal.
How to do CPR?
CPR is easy to learn. CPR is a way of pressing on the breast bone against the backbone. The rate is to the rhythm of 'Stayin' Alive' (Bee Gees) or 'Rolling in the Deep' (Adele). If CPR is required, you can do no harm. Even breaking someone's ribs is better than watching them die. If CPR is not required, the person will soon react and you can stop. It is appropriate to stay with the person who has collapsed until a health professional arrives.
Where to Learn CPR?
There are many courses around to help you learn CPR. Nationally these courses are provided through such organisations as the St Johns Ambulance Service and the British Heart Foundation. Within Leicestershire (and Rutland) we have created a collaborative group to provide CPR training to all secondary schools, and can provide hands-on training to sports facilities and some businesses.