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Will CPR alone bring the per­son back to life?

Un­for­tu­nately not, that only hap­pens in the movies. CPR is about keep­ing blood flow­ing round the body as a re­sult of push­ing down on the cen­tre of the chest.This is all about buy­ing time un­til the am­bu­lance crew ar­rive to takeover.

If you do CPR then you can at least dou­ble the chances of some­one sur­viv­ing. Will I make thing worse if my CPR is not per­fect?

No. The per­son is al­ready very un­well and needs CPR. Any CPR is bet­ter than no CPR. Do you need to do mouth-to-mouth re­sus­ci­ta­tion?

Press­ing on the per­son’s chest and not stop­ping is the pri­or­ity un­til the am­bu­lance crew ar­rives or un­til there is a de­fib­ril­la­tor avail­able.

Breath­ing into some­ones mouth is dif­fi­cult and takes time. The emer­gency call han­dler will tell you how and where to press on their chest and count to keep the blood mov­ing. What is Save a Life for Scot­land?

Save a Life for Scot­land launched in Oc­to­ber 2015 and is a col­lab­o­ra­tion of emer­gency ser­vices (Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vices, Med­i­cal De­fence Ser­vices and Po­lice Scot­land), third sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions (The Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion in­clud­ing Heart­start, Chest Heart and Stroke Scot­land, Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety Scot­land, Bri­tish Red Cross , St John Scot­land and Lucky 2 B Here), com­mu­nity groups, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, aca­demics, in­dus­try part­ners and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

A move­ment of peo­ple who be­lieve the sta­tus quo can’t be al­lowed to con­tinue, and that to­gether we can do what we haven’t been able to do sep­a­rately.

Our aim is to change the cul­ture of ‘what’s the point they all die’ or ‘I can’t do any­thing to help’ to ‘I’ll do it.’ James Cant, di­rec­tor at the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion Scot­land, said:

“When some­one has a car­diac ar­rest their chances of sur­vival de­crease with ev­ery pass­ing minute.

“Af­ter even a few min­utes, if no-one has at­tempted CPR it is too late – but you can help.

“It’s vi­tal that peo­ple know what to do in the event of a car­diac ar­rest.

“This in­cludes call­ing 999 im­me­di­ately, per­form­ing CPR and be­ing able to ac­cess and use a de­fib­ril­la­tor as soon as pos­si­ble.

“This new film from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment shows us that ev­ery­one should give CPR a go if some­one nearby goes into car­diac ar­rest.

“We all have it in us to be life-savers and it could be the life of a loved one that you save, as most car­diac ar­rests oc­cur in the home.

“I’d urge ev­ery­one to spend a cou­ple of min­utes watch­ing this film and ab­sorb­ing its mes­sage, as it could make the dif­fer­ence be­tween life or death.”

James Cant Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion

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