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.
BHF is calling for CPR and public access defibrillator (PAD) awareness to be taught
in all secondary schools and a recent survey showed 82% of people
would be behind this move.
Since the launch of the campaign on October 16, more than 5,000 people have
already signed the petition to make these skills part of the curriculum.
Today Sir Roger has pledged his support for the Nation of Lifesavers campaign
and called on secondary schools and community groups in North Thanet to order
their free Call Push Rescue Training Kit.
Sir Roger says:.
Cardiac arrest survival rates in the UK
fall way behind survival rates in other countries where CPR training is part of
By joining the Nation of Lifesavers I want to see every child in the UK finish
school equipped with the necessary skills to respond in a medical emergency.
CPR is an important skill and just 30 minutes of training could save someone’s
Roger was joined by Samantha Hobbs, who at 14 helped to save her mum’s life by
performing CPR. With her dad, they kept her mum alive until the emergency
services arrived and could get her heart beating again with a single electric
shock from a defibrillator.
had been trained in CPR so she knew what to do. Now she’s campaigning to raise
awareness amongst others so that more people are trained and more lives can be
said: I was only able to help save my mum’s life because I’d been trained in
CPR. I don’t know what might have happened if I hadn’t. We’re really pleased to
be able to support the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign and spread the
message about the importance of CPR. I hope more lives are saved.”
October 16, the BHF trained nearly 12,000 schoolchildren at the launch of a new
CPR training programme which 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.
Gillespie, BHF Chief Executive, said: Too many lives are lost needlessly
because people don’t have the basic CPR skills to act in life-threatening
We’re determined to radically improve the country’s shocking survival rates
and mandatory training in secondary schools will go a long way towards that.
We need every school, workplace, community group and individual to join the
Nation of Lifesavers and help make the UK a safer place to live.”
To help the BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers
visit bhf.org.uk/lifesavers and sign our petition at bhf.org.uk/cprpetition