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BHF campaigns for hands-only CPR

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has launched a campaign to actively promote hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Backed by Resuscitation Council UK, they recommend that anyone who doesn’t have CPR training should now ignore the kiss of life in favour of “hard and fast” chest compressions.

Nearly half of people are reluctant to help in emergencies due to a lack of knowledge about CPR, a BHF poll showed.  A fifth of respondents worried specifically about the thought of the kiss of life or catching an infectious disease. The UK-wide survey also revealed four in 10 people feared being sued if they did something wrong.

Ellen Mason, BHF Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “The kiss of life can often be daunting for untrained bystanders who want to help when someone has collapsed with a cardiac arrest.  Hands-only CPR should give lots of people the confidence and know-how to help save someone in cardiac arrest, the ultimate medical emergency. It’s been shown that hard, fast and uninterrupted chest compressions are better than stopping compressions for ineffective rescue breaths”.

“It’s very simple; call 999 and then push hard and fast in the centre of the chest at a tempo similar to Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees. If you’re untrained or unconfident about the kiss of life give Hands-only CPR a go instead – it could help save someone’s life.”

The national awareness campaign includes a new TV advert featuring Hollywood hard man Vinnie Jones.  Former Chelsea footballer Jones said: “There really shouldn’t be any messing about when it comes to CPR. If you’re worried about the kiss of life just forget it and push hard and fast in the centre of the chest to Stayin’ Alive”.

“Hands-only CPR should give have-a-go heroes the confidence to step in and help when somebody is in cardiac arrest.”

Published on: February 7, 2012

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