VOLUNTEERS from St John Ambulance will be offering free demonstrations of life-saving skills in Malvern as part of October’s Restart a Heart campaign.
Working with the Resuscitation Council and other partners, St John Ambulance aims to give people the ability to help someone who has gone into cardiac arrest.
Highly-trained volunteers from the first aid charity will be at Malvern Library, Graham Road, tomorrow (Tuesday) as well as Tuesday, October 16 – Restart a Heart day – at 7pm.
Each hour-long is free to attend and includes practical information on how to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and deliver shocks to the heart with a defibrillator.
Currently, only one in ten people in the UK survive a cardiac arrest out of hospital – St John Ambulance and its Restart a Heart partners want to change that.
Chances of survival double when someone gives immediate CPR and significantly increases further when a defibrillator is used.
Mark Dudfield, St John Ambulance’s district manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said: “We’re really pleased to be participating in this year’s Restart a Heart campaign.
“A cardiac arrest can happen any time and without warning, so we’re looking forward to sharing knowledge of first aid techniques so that more people can step forward when confronted with a heart-related emergency, making communities safer.
“Come and see us at our Restart a Heart events and we’ll show you what to do in a cardiac arrest situation and how to use first aid combined with a defibrillator to improve someone’s chances of survival.”
Visit www.sja.org.uk/restartaheart for more.