A study conducted by Warwick University suggests that 1 in 3 people would not be confident enough to adminster Basic Life Support (BLS) if they came across someone suffering a cardiac arrest.
Researchers asked 4,200 adults what they would do in a medical emergency and if they knew how to perform resuscitation. Thirty per cent said they wouldn't know how to do CPR - cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
A cardiac arrest is when the heart is in an abnormal rhythm that doesn't pump blood around the body. Within 3 minutes of cardiac arrest, brain tissue begins to die and without immediate action this may progress to irreversible death.
Simon Gillespie, of the British Heart Foundation, which commissioned the study, said: 'You may not feel confident performing CPR if you haven't been trained or don't remember your training, but without early action the chances someone will survive a cardiac arrest are virtually zero.'
Previous studies have shown that fewer than one in ten people in Britain survive following a cardiac arrest, partly due to a lack of public knowledge of CPR. In countries where it is taught in schools, such as Norway, as many as a quarter survive.
In response to this, January 2019 saw the Government announcing plans to add CPR, defibrillator awareness and other lifesaving first aid skills to the national curriculum in secondary schools in England.
Medical Training Solutions is now engaging with multiple businesses and schools throughout the region to provide high quality CPR training to ensure that everyone is able to act when they need to.
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