Today, Wednesday 16th October 2013, is the very first European Restart A Heart day. The day is promoting the need to teach members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest and has been organised by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). The initiative is aimed particularly at Europe’s younger people and aims to improve the very low numbers of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
Every year, around 350,000 Europeans suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). OHCA occur anywhere, for example in the street, at work, or while exercising or doing other strenuous activity. The vast majority happen at home. Currently, less than 1 in 10 of these patients survive. Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by lay people increases survival by 2-3 times, however, today it is delivered in only 1 in 5 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Increasing this rate may save 100,000 lives in Europe per year. “Unfortunately, only a small minority of cardiac arrest victims receive this vital help in time to save their life,” says Professor Maaret Castrén, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and chair of the ERC.
More people learning how to restart a heart could save 100,000 lives per year across Europe, says the European Resuscitation Council.
The committee of The Stephen Carey Fund qualified in August 2013 to teach the British Heart Foundation Heartstart course to others and today we offer to you the opportunity to contact us to discuss a free Heartstart session. We would love to hear from sporting clubs, community organisations and businesses who would be interested in benefitting from improving their life saving skills.
To register for a free training session please complete the form below: