It's part of Restart a Heart Day
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is participating in Restart a Heart Day by teaching members of the public how to do CPR in Princesshay Shopping Centre in Exeter on 16th October 2018
SWASFT has been working alongside the British Heart Foundation on 'Restart a Heart' day. This is an annual national campaign dedicated to teaching members of the public CPR and raising awareness of the importance of early intervention. The main purpose of the day will be to give people the confidence to perform CPR and defibrillation.
All members of the press are invited to join the event and brush up on their first aid skills at the same time.
81 percent of people surveyed in the South West said they would be reluctant to perform CPR on cardiac arrest patients, according to latest statistics from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Neil Le Chevalier, Director of Operational Services for SWASFT, says: “I am delighted that the Trust continues to support this national initiative, last year teaching on the same day across the region, over 7500 members of the public, most of which were school children.”
“Early recognition and making the 999 call is as essential to then commencing CPR on someone who is unconscious and not breathing normally."