~ Calls for secondary schools to register for free innovative CPR training kit ~
Andrew Stunell MP is calling for more people in Stockport to get trained in life-saving resuscitation, and is backing the British Heart Foundation’s campaign to create a ‘Nation of Lifesavers’.
More than 30,000people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK every year – but fewer than one in ten survive, partly because not enough people have the skills and confidence to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The BHF is calling for CPR and public access defibrillator (PAD) awareness to be taught in all secondary schools.
Commenting, Sir Andrew said –
“Cardiac arrest survival rates in the UK fall way behind survival rates in other countries where CPR training is part of the curriculum. By joining the Nation of Lifesavers I want to see every young person in Stockport finish school knowing how to respond in a medical emergency. CPR is an important skill and just 30 minutes of training could save someone’s life.”
Andrew Stunell MP has thrown his support behind the Nation of Lifesavers campaign, which will provide any secondary schools or community group in Stockport with a free Call Push Rescue Training Kit on demand.
“It should be an offer no-one can refuse. The DVD and the dummy can make anyone a life saver in half an hour”, says Andrew.
The British Heart Foundation says that the Nation of Lifesavers initiative could save around 5,000 additional lives a year in the UK, based on survival rates in countries like Norway (25%) where CPR training is mandatory in schools.
The BHF launch of a new CPR training programme is free for schools to register for. The innovative training programme enables schools, workplaces, and community groups to become completely self-sufficient in teaching the three simple steps that could save a life: Call. Push. Rescue.
To help the BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers visit bhf.org.uk/lifesavers and sign our petition at bhf.org.uk/cprpetition