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If you suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital you are given a 10% chance of survival, with research showing that for every minute a person who has suffered a cardiac arrest goes without CPR or defibrillation, that person’s chance of survival is reduced by around 10%.
Performing CPR as soon as possible is absolutely key, however with victims often having to wait several minutes because of the public’s lack of knowledge and fear of helping, after ten minutes without CPR or defibrillation a victim can have at best a two per cent chance of surviving.
To equip their staff with the life-saving knowledge of CPR so that they can act fast, Rossborough Healthcare recently joined forces with the BHF Jersey Branch and First Response Jersey to run through the quick fire basics of CPR and how to jump into action should they need to. By being able to act confidently, they could one day save someone’s life – be it a friend, a colleague, a family member or a stranger. Their fast thinking will save lives.
The session was hosted by BHF Jersey Fundraising Manager Summer Lister and First Response Jersey Trainer, Marilee Picot as a thank you for Rossborough’s ongoing support for the charity and its activity within the Island.
cardiac arrest happens when your heart stops pumping blood around your body. If someone has suddenly collapsed, is not breathing normally and is unresponsive, they are in cardiac arrest. The most common cause of a cardiac arrest is a life threatening abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). Ventricular fibrillation happens when the electrical activity of your heart becomes so chaotic that the heart stops pumping and quivers or 'fibrillates' instead. There are various causes of VF. These can be problems with your heart, or other causes.
A survey by the BHF reveals some of the barriers to people helping:
The majority (62%) of UK adults said they would be worried about knowing what to do if they witnessed someone collapse and suffer a cardiac arrest in front of them
59% of those who were worried said they feared they would make things worse by trying to help
Only 20% of people were able to correctly identify the signs that someone has had a cardiac arrest
Just over a third (37%) of people would be confident in performing immediate CPR if someone suffered a cardiac arrest in front of them.
Rossborough Healthcare support the BHF Jersey Branch through their sponsorship of the Jersey Dodgeball Championships (Adult and Schools), Sandstorm Adventure Race, Jersey Heart Awards and their participation in events like our Wear It Beat It campaign.
If you would like some more information about the BHF Jersey Branch, First Response Jersey or how we can work together to teach CPR as a life-saving skill to your friends or colleagues?