Restart a Heart Day raises awareness about cardiac arrest and helps people to learn CPR, giving them life saving skills and the confidence to use them. The day took place on the 16th October 2021.
Why is it important?
Cardiac arrests have not stopped during the coronavirus pandemic. If you have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK you have less than a one in ten chance of surviving.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) want to change that by making sure that as many people as possible know that when someone collapses and stops breathing normally, it is important to quickly call 999, perform hands-only CPR and use a defibrillator. This gives mums, dads, sons, daughters and friends the best chance of surviving.
Hands-only CPR reduces your risk of catching an infection, and without intervention it’s unlikely the person in cardiac arrest will survive. The BHF offer training for education settings that can be viewed on the following link https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/how-to-save-a-life/cpr-training-in-schools/restart-a-heart-day. There are also further information and guidance with CPR videos and resources available on https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/how-to-save-a-life/how-to-do-cpr/cpr-training-videos
UK Coaching also offer a free e-learning course on Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) that can be found here https://www.ukcoaching.org/courses/elearning-courses/sudden-cardiac-arrest
SCA could happen to anyone, at any time, with approximately 60,000 SCAs happening within the community every year in the UK. 12 each week are under the age of 35. Only 1 in 10 survive. If effective action is taken within the first minute, this can treble the chances of survival.
This eLearning, which is also part of the UK Coaching free life-saving digital learning toolkit, will help you plan and respond appropriately to an SCA and incorporates:
- practical information and tips
- high quality immersive videos, including an interview with SCA survivor Fabrice Muamba (former professional footballer) and Martin Johnson CBE (former England rugby union captain and team manager)
- hands-on interactive learning
- an optional 60-second lifesaver challenge to put your knowledge and skills to the test.
It has been developed in collaboration with Resuscitation Council UK, St John Ambulance and Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, and funded by Sport England.