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The community response to cardiac arrest is critical to saving lives. Each year, UK ambulance services respond to approximately 60,000 cases of suspected cardiac arrest. Resuscitation is attempted by ambulance services in less than half of these cases (approximately 28,000). The main reasons are that either the victim has been dead for several hours or has not received bystander CPR so by the time the emergency services arrive the person has died.

Even when resuscitation is attempted, less than one in ten victims survive to go home from hospital. Strengthening the community response to cardiac arrest by training and empowering more bystanders to perform CPR and increasing the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at least doubles the chances of survival and could save thousands of lives each year.

Immediate CPR is vital if the person is to have the best chance of survival. In other videos we will look at CPR and chest only compressions, which are simple things that you can do to save someone's life. CPR is frightening but with basic training, should the need arise, you will be able to do it to the best of your ability. This training will come back to you when you need it.

To keep your skills fresh, revisit these videos and sign up for free weekly video emails so you never forget this life saving skill. We also have a free first aid video blog called the first aid show which will give you more training in CPR and all first aid matters. You can see this site at www.firstaidshow.com or by clicking the link on the bottom of all our sites.