Published On: Thu, Oct 16th, 2014 on 7:53 pm

Yorkshire adults lacking CPR skills, according to heart charity

CPR

Less than half of adults in Yorkshire have been trained in lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), according to new statistics released by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Performing CPR is likely to double a person’s chance of survival, but figures show that many people in Yorkshire and the Humber are also reluctant to act.

According to the heart charity, 76% of people in the county said they would ‘not feel confident’ performing CPR on a family member or loved one, whilst 45% said they would be deterred by the ‘fear of causing more harm than good’.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the BHF, said: “Too many lives are lost needlessly because people don’t have the basic CPR skills to act in life-threatening situations.

“These figures show how crucial it is that people are taught CPR so they know how to respond if they witness someone suffering a cardiac arrest.”

From today, the charity is urging local schools, community groups, businesses and individuals to get behind a campaign named ‘Call. Push. Rescue’ to teach Yorkshire and Humber residents the skills of CPR.

The campaign includes the rollout of a quick-and-simple CPR training programme, and a call on the Government to make CPR training a mandatory part of the curriculum in England.

Mr Gillespie said: “The ‘Call. Push. Rescue’ message is simple to remember and by spreading this far and wide we’re determined to radically improve the country’s shocking survival rates.”

The campaign has gained support from the Resuscitation Council (UK), which promotes the education of the most effective methods of resuscitation appropriate to their needs.

David Pitcher, chair of the Resuscitation Council (UK), said: “It is so important that many more people know the simple things to do when someone collapses and stops breathing.

“An immediate 999 call and then giving CPR until the ambulance arrives can more than double a person’s chances of recovery.”

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