Chances are you wouldn’t know where to begin. Each year over 30,000 people in the UK suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital, either in the home, the workplace or anywhere in between. That’s 30,000 opportunities to help save a life. Cardiac arrest is the ultimate medical emergency and is often witnessed by family members, friends or work colleagues. When someone has a cardiac arrest their heart stops pumping blood around their body and to their brain.The person will fall unconscious and stop breathing, or stop breathing normally. Without help they will die within minutes. However, performing effective and immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can buy time until paramedics arrive and, in some cases, can actually double the chance of survival.
“Thanks to CPR I’m still alive today”[typography font="Molengo" size="0.9" size_format="em" color="#202020"]Angus Nicoll (64) owes his life to two Openreach engineers working in a remote spot on the Isles of Scilly. He was out running when he had a cardiac arrest. Luckily for him, he was spotted by Simon Hibbin and Richard Sellick, both of whom had received CPR training at work.[/typography]
[typography font="Molengo" size="0.9" size_format="em" color="#202020"]Straight away they could see that he wasn’t breathing; his eyes had gone dark and he wasn’t responding. They knew exactly what to do and acted immediately.[/typography]
[typography font="Molengo" size="0.9" size_format="em" color="#202020"]After calling 999, they performed CPR until the air ambulance arrived and, so, helped save Angus’s life. He’s the first to pay tribute to their life-saving skills. “Thanks to them I’m still alive today”, acknowledges a grateful Angus.[/typography]