Be heart smart at a free CPR ses­sion

Bath Chronicle - - OPINION -

The Restart a Heart cam­paign is re­turn­ing this month and I am writ­ing to en­cour­age read­ers of your news­pa­per to at­tend free CPR (car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion) and de­fib­ril­la­tor demon­stra­tions ar­ranged by St John Am­bu­lance’s highly-skilled vol­un­teers in Som­er­set. With just one per­son in 10 cur­rently sur­viv­ing an out-of-hos­pi­tal car­diac ar­rest, it is es­sen­tial that many more in­di­vid­u­als are equipped with heart-re­lated first aid skills so that we can build safer com­mu­ni­ties. A car­diac ar­rest can hap­pen at any time and with­out warn­ing. We’re hop­ing that as many lo­cal peo­ple as pos­si­ble will take the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend th­ese one-hour ses­sions, so they can po­ten­tially save a life if they find some­one un­re­spon­sive and not breath­ing. Th­ese skills are very easy to pick up but can have an in­cred­i­ble im­pact. CPR on its own can dou­ble a pa­tient’s chance of sur­vival if used quickly, and de­ploy­ing a de­fib­ril­la­tor at the same time can in­crease sur­vival chances even more sig­nif­i­cantly. De­tails of times and lo­ca­tions where St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teers are run­ning demon­stra­tions are avail­able on­line: www.sja.org. uk/restar­ta­heart Each ses­sion last for an hour and there is no need to book a place. The ses­sion in Bath takes place at 1 Weir­side Court, Lower Bris­tol Road, Bath on Oc­to­ber 16 from 7:30-9pm. I hope your read­ers will be in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing this train­ing and that, as a re­sult, more peo­ple in Som­er­set will be ready and able to step for­ward and in­ter­vene in the event of a car­diac ar­rest. Sarah Cloth­ier County Pres­i­dent, Som­er­set St John Am­bu­lance

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