The advanced clinical team at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity are calling on people across the region to learn basic CPR skills for Restart a Heart Day, on Monday 16th October 2023.
Restart a Heart Day raises vital awareness of the lifesaving impact that CPR and the use of public access defibrillators can achieve.
The charity is encouraging local schools, groups and businesses to sign up to the charity’s free Mission Support skills sessions, which teaches CPR and how to confidently use an automated external defibrillator.
Each year, approximately 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests happen in the UK. Sadly, the chances of survival and recovery less than 10 per cent, in which learning CPR can more than double the person’s chances of saving a life.
Learning this vital bystander support ensures that patients have as much oxygen in the brain as possible for when emergency services arrive, which can help save lives like Nigel Davis’, who suffered from an out of hospital cardiac arrest in July 2021 at his home in Tipton.
The CPR performed by Nigel’s brother-in-law prior to the arrival of the charity’s critical care paramedic meant that there was enough oxygen reaching his brain to give him the best chance of regaining a pulse. After the advanced interventions of the charity’s critical care paramedic, Nigel regained a pulse and made a remarkable neurological recovery.
Richard Apps, critical care paramedic and Cosford airbase lead at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “Approximately 30 per cent of the 4,500 missions we attend each year are for out of hospital cardiac arrests. By taking part in our Mission Support skills sessions, you will be helping save lives in your local area by having the confidence to perform effective CPR.”
Register your interest in the charity’s Mission Support sessions by emailing your local fundraising executive.