One new year’s resolution we’ve asked the public to have is to learn basic skills to help improve the likelihood of someone’s life being saved. Sarah Waite, one of the Trust’s cardiac leads, blogs about the value of CPR.
“CPR, or to give it it’s full name cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a really useful skill to possess and as organisation we train all of our new non-clinical staff and volunteers in basic life-saving techniques.
It is used to help to restore circulation to a person who has collapsed, is unconscious, not breathing and has no pulse and by literally compressing the heart at a rate of 100-120 per minute we can get blood moving to the brain and to the heart in an effort to regain circulation and breathing. When you push down on the chest blood is sent to the brain and when you release the pressure the heart fills.
It is important to get on with compressions as quickly as possible. The number of compressions done per minute is very important, pushing too fast or too slow means blood doesn’t reach the brain or the heart and our efforts are lost. Some people find it helpful to perform compressions to the tune of Stayin’ Alive (or if you prefer Nellie the Elephant!) either of which should give you a reasonable rhythm to aim for but be kind to yourself as compressing at a fast rate is very exhausting.
This is a great technique and if in doubt, in a difficult situation it is better than doing nothing.
Vinnie Jones and his team have done a great job in getting the message about CPR across to the public. Visit the British Heart Foundation website and see the work that Vinnie and his team have been doing http://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/life-saving-skills/hands-only-cpr.aspx#&panel1-3
And make a New Years’ Resolution to learn how to resuscitate someone and attend a local life-saving course. Please have a look at the CPR page on our website http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/learn-cpr.htm
Happy New Year! “