What do you picture when you read the word “superhero”? Do you envision your favourite childhood (or adulthood) animated character with larger than life qualities such as boundless strength, power, a never-give-up attitude; always using his or her powers for the betterment of the world? Perhaps your hero is much closer to home –a family member, friend, or acquaintance who in the most critical moment changed your life.
Since the beginning of COVID-19, healthcare professionals across the world have emerged as true real-life superheroes. Images of doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, support workers and various front-liners with mask scars on their faces went viral. Their unyielding courage and selfless determination to battle against the Coronavirus is a glaring reminder of the power each one of us possesses: the power to make a difference. Changing someone’s life might not be as dramatic as the movies and does not require you to be in a particular profession. All it takes is an opportunity to learn and plenty of willingness to act in a moment of need.
Today, as we celebrate Restart a Heart Day, this is your opportunity to become a real-life superhero by learning the vital life-saving skill of CPR that will give you the power to make the difference between life and death for someone. reach24 has taken a vow on this annual day of action to teach as many people as possible CPR skills through our FREE live online training sessions. Whether you are a complete starter or have mastered CPR, this is your opportunity to refresh and adapt your abilities to the new guidance in light of COVID-19.
The facts surrounding a sudden cardiac arrest and CPR
A sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere; however, statistics suggest that 80% occurs in the home. Currently, with more people spending time at home, this figure may be higher. Every year around 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occurs across the UK but sadly survival rates remain stubbornly low with fewer than one in ten surviving. For every minute treatment is delayed, the victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10% (Resuscitation Council UK). However, if a bystander immediately performs CPR helping to preserve brain function until paramedics arrive, the overall chance of survival DOUBLES or TRIPLES.
In 2018, researchers from the University of Warwick Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcome conducted a survey on 4,000 adults and it worryingly revealed that nearly a third of those who participated wouldn’t perform CPR if they saw someone suffer a cardiac arrest. While it is normal to feel anxious, this survey indicates that thousands of lives can be saved if more awareness is created around the impact of early response and action. When it comes to saving a life, doing CPR is better than doing nothing.
With such staggering rates, equipping people with the power to save a life has never been more crucial. Would you know what to do if a member of your family, friend or co-worker had a cardiac arrest? Although it is a simple process, many people outside the healthcare field do not understand the significance of acquiring CPR skills. The benefits go far beyond the walls of your home or workplace. Be the courageous person that says, ‘I’ll do it’ and steps up in the time of a medical emergency.
CPR is a part of the Chain of Survival which includes:
- Early recognition and call for help
- Early CPR
- Early Defibrillation
- Post resuscitation care
Next, watch their breathing by looking at the rise and fall of their chest for no more than 10 seconds.