16th October 2017 marks Restart a Heart Day, when thousands of young people across Europe will be taught the lifesaving skill of CPR.


CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which makes it sound complicated and scary, but it’s a simple technique that can restart a heart and literally save a life.


In the UK if you suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital (most happen at home), your chance of survival is less than 10%. That’s a scary thought. But would you know how to treat a loved one if you were the only person present?


CPR training is straightforward and readily available link to courses page: https://www.bxmedical.co.uk/courses, yet bystander CPR rates in the UK are much lower than in other European countries. In Norway and the Netherlands for example, your chance of survival from a cardiac arrest out of hospital is nearly 40%. That’s largely because more people are trained in CPR. If the UK had a similar record, it’s estimated we could prevent 50% of deaths from cardiac arrest. That’s certainly worth aiming for.


Restart a Heart Day was launched in 2013. This year on 16th October, the Resuscitation Council (UK) will work alongside the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and Yorkshire Ambulance Service to train around 150,000 school children around the UK: building the next generation of lifesavers.


You can get involved too! Read more about the initiative on the British Heart Foundation website: https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/how-to-save-a-life/cpr-kits/cpr-training-for-schools/get-involved-on-restart-a-heart-day and download some useful resources from the Resuscitation Council: https://www.resus.org.uk/events/rsah. You can follow events on the day at #RestartAHeart.


In the meantime, this is a really useful guide from the Resuscitation Council on how to treat someone suffering a cardiac arrest:

European Resuscitation Council


Many of the first aid courses we offer at BX Medical include CPR. If you, your colleagues or your friends would like to chat to us about CPR training, have a look through our courses: https://www.bxmedical.co.uk/courses/ and give us a call: https://www.bxmedical.co.uk/contact/ to discuss which would suit you best.