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When to Perform CPR?

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When to Perform CPR?

How would you feel if a friend or loved one suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing? Would you know how to perform CPR if a work colleague’s heart stopped? What if a member of your family should lose consciousness after suffering severe chest pains? Of course, the emergency services should be called immediately, but while they are getting to the incident, somebody properly trained in emergency first aid could make all the difference to that person’s chances of survival.

It’s not complicated, but far too few people know what to do when some of these frightening things happen, despite a wide range of courses being available.


The rates of survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are shockingly low, and yet many of the annual 30,000 casualties would stand a much better chance of living after suffering a cardiac episode if somebody with just a little bit of training had stepped up and helped by giving CPR. Even poorly administered CPR is much better than no CPR at all. So, it makes sense for each and every one of us to be able to perform emergency first aid; especially when acting swiftly and correctly could mean the difference between life and death. After all, it’s something we would all hope for if we ourselves were unfortunate enough to go into cardiac arrest or have a heart attack.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is still responsible for a huge number of deaths in the UK, but by learning some simple and safe techniques, you could be responsible for saving somebody’s life, or at least for keeping them alive until the emergency services arrive.

Many people feel worried about acting to help somebody whose life is in danger. Their concerns stem from a lack of training and understanding. Or maybe they believe they could make things worse. But learning how to administer CPR isn’t difficult, and it is almost impossible to make the situation worse for someone whose heart has stopped beating!

Health & Safety Regulations

The Health and Safety Regulations 1981 require every workplace to adequately and appropriately provide for immediate attention should an employee be injured or taken ill. These provisions should take the form of facilities, equipment and personnel. With this in mind, it is easy to see why companies and organisation of all sizes are keen for members of staff to be professionally first aid trained; encouraging individuals to attend courses that will teach them the skills necessary to save the lives of those around them should an emergency occur. These courses are often conducted on-site by trained professionals, and many of them take as little as a couple of hours. After training, the individual merely needs to ensure their skills are regularly refreshed.

So as an employer looking to fulfil your responsibilities and keep your staff safe, the team at Health and Safety Training Ltd can tailor an emergency first aid at work course to reflect your individual workplace, but that will also include the basics such as how and when to perform CPR.

First aid training at work

So what’s stopping you? Just a few hours out of your employees’ schedules could equip them with the skills to save the life of someone who needs help, whether it be a friend, colleague or stranger in the street.

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