For Restart A Heart Day 2022, we were kindly joined by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Deputy Lord Lieutenant, David Dinmore MBE and students received training in CPR.
Restart a Heart is an initiative led by the Resuscitation Council, in partnership with The British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Police. It aims to improve the low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests by increasing public awareness of cardiac arrests and increasing the number of people trained in life saving CPR. A cardiac arrest happens when there is a problem with the heart’s electrical rhythm, stopping it from pumping blood properly to the rest of the body. It can happen anywhere and at any time. It can happen at home, in the playground or in the street. The person will stop breathing and become unconscious. Chances of survival lower the longer it takes for someone to act. Approximately 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen every year in the UK. Sadly, less than 1 in 10 people survive these cardiac arrests. Performing CPR can more than double the chances of survival in some cases.
Special thanks goes to Helen Smith, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust for organising student training and to Deputy Lord Lieutenant, David Dinmore for his support of this crucial work.