Could you restart a heart this Valentine’s Day?

Date: 14 February 2019

This Valentine’s Day, on the day that’s all about hearts, what better time to learn or just remind yourself of the basics of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).

Vikki Darby, Commercial Training Officer and Paramedic here at the East of England Ambulance Service, has helped us produce 3 short clips each detailing how to do three different types of CPR; hands-only, mouth to mouth and using a defibrillator. We have also created a longer version, combining these three clips into one 6-minute-long video.

Vikki said: “Throughout my career it has been a rare day when I have arrived on scene to find someone doing CPR, so there is much we can do to turn these statistics around and support each other in our survival from a cardiac arrest.

That’s why I deliver training, so that I can be a part of giving you the confidence to do this, should you ever need it.”

In her training sessions, Vikki uses one particular call from August 2018 as example to explain why she is so passionate about training CPR. In the call to Stansted airport, where a CPR training session had been held by EEAST Commercial Training Team previously, the employee had to put her newly trained skills to practice after witnessing a passenger fall into a cardiac arrest. The employee was able to keep CPR going until our ambulance crew arrived and as a result the gentleman survived the cardiac arrest and is now back home in Italy with his family.

Vikki said: "That is why I believe in the training, for that once in a lifetime when somebody needed to use those skills."

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This is just one of many cases that proves just how vital CPR skills can be in giving people the very best chance at survival following a cardiac arrest.

Vikki said: “The average survival rate from cardiac arrests in the UK is only around 8-10%, with other countries like Norway and Seattle in America achieving a 20-25% chance.

This is because more people are trained and prepared to help and we do know that it can be really scary to help in this situation, which is why we have put together this short video, so that you can see what you could do with the support of 999.”

Vikki also emphasised the difference it can make to a patient’s survival if the person giving CPR is able to access an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

She said: “Just by doing CPR alone it is possible to double the persons chances of survival and by using an AED with CPR this continues to give that person an increased chance of survival. The patient will have a 70% chance of survival if defibrillation happens within three minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest. (European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation (2015); Section 1. Executive Summary)

However, if there isn’t a defibrillator nearby your CPR still could help that person until the ambulance service arrives.”

We encourage you to watch, share and familiarise yourselves with this 6-minute video that we have put together with Vikki’s help, so if you are ever faced with this difficult situation you have the chance to save a person’s life.

You can view all of the CPR videos we have put together on our YouTube channel, here

If you are interested in booking a training session with our commercial training team, you can find more information and contact details here.

  • Summary:

    This Valentine’s Day, on the day that’s all about hearts, what better time to learn or just remind yourself of the basics of CPR.