Supporting Willen Hospice this year at The MK Midnight Moo event on Saturday night was a real highlight for us! Our team were there to provide the opportunity of free CPR and defibrillation training, in line with our ‘Saving Lives in MK’ Campaign to celebrate Milton Keynes being 50 years old!
There is an ongoing debate as to whether first aid training should be incorporated into the curriculum and at this time, it is not. Many schools choose to add this into their teaching, but with budgets tight and curriculums full, it is often sadly missed. We know that in England the ambulance services attempt resuscitation in approximately 28,000 people, of whom less than 10% survive. A total of 270 children die every year of sudden cardiac arrest at school, and four of every five cardiac arrests that happen out of hospitals occur in the home, yet often nobody starts CPR because they don’t know what to do.
The Chain of Survival is widely discussed within the world of resuscitation. The Chain of Survival is a sequence of four key, linked events which, if followed quickly and efficiently, can help save lives of victims of sudden cardiac arrest, which occur outside of hospital. The links are as follows:
As a resuscitation training company we know exactly how much it improves the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims by starting CPR straight away and by having rapid access to a defibrillator, however we never really gave thought to the rural village where we work! That was until one day our MD had a knock on the door to say that a 55 year old chap had collapsed just outside the village pub. Our MD started CPR whilst other helpers called for an ambulance.
This week we heard of an incredible story about a pharmacist who attended one of our courses earlier this month and part of that course involved resuscitation training. Just 2 days later his skills were put to the test for real when a gentleman collapsed nearby.
How many times have you attended your annual resuscitation training wondering what the guidelines say this year? You may remember when the ratio was 5:1, 15:2, 30:2, different for one or two rescuers? It can be so confusing. Well, although it may feel confusing, the reality is not so. The Resuscitation Council are the professional body who publish the guidelines in the UK and they review these guidelines and therefore what we teach and use in practice, approximately every 5 years.
There is no doubt that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (‘CPR’) saves lives. In fact, it’s estimated that receiving such treatment at the scene soon after a collapse and cessation of the heart and breathing can more than double the victim’s chances of survival. While CPR training is considered to be a valuable skill for many, for those involved in the healthcare professions, it’s mandatory.