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Posted 22nd Jul

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Thought this is worth sharing - a useful skill to learn and might end up saving a life one day. Available at various locations in the UK.

Heartstart CPR training Course

Heartstart is our initiative to teach emergency life saving skills to the British public. By attending a course near you, you're helping us create a nation of life savers – where everyone knows how to save a life.

What you’ll learn at a Heartstart course
We support over 1,700 Heartstart schemes which teach life saving skills in schools and in the community.

Individuals or groups can attend a two-hour training course and learn how to:
  • recognise a heart attack and a cardiac arrest
  • help an unconscious person
  • perform CPR
  • help someone choking
  • respond to serious bleeding.
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pedrolami22/07/2019 15:06

Whilst this is a very, very good idea. It turns people into what they …Whilst this is a very, very good idea. It turns people into what they think are superhero’s and end up doing cpr without first checking if they should do cpr. Lost count how many ‘arrests’ I have been to that have turned out to be a vasovagal and had to take them to A&E for fractured ribs.


A fractured rib is better than being dead.
pedrolami22/07/2019 15:09

You don’t see my point, a vasovagal isn’t dead, it’s a feint. And, not want …You don’t see my point, a vasovagal isn’t dead, it’s a feint. And, not wanting to argue too much, a fractured rib could make you dead if it punctures your lung.


I understand that, and it's always a possibility even with a full cardiac arrest if a defib isn't at hand but it's a risk worth taking if it saves a life is the advice I was given.
My father died of a heart attack many years ago and I did nothing because I didn't know any better at the time, had I taken one of these courses I may have saved him.
That being said, maybe it wouldn't but at least I'd have tried.
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Brilliant share. More people should do this type of training
Whilst this is a very, very good idea. It turns people into what they think are superhero’s and end up doing cpr without first checking if they should do cpr.
Lost count how many ‘arrests’ I have been to that have turned out to be a vasovagal and had to take them to A&E for fractured ribs.
Edited by: "pedrolami" 22nd Jul
pedrolami22/07/2019 15:06

Whilst this is a very, very good idea. It turns people into what they …Whilst this is a very, very good idea. It turns people into what they think are superhero’s and end up doing cpr without first checking if they should do cpr. Lost count how many ‘arrests’ I have been to that have turned out to be a vasovagal and had to take them to A&E for fractured ribs.


A fractured rib is better than being dead.
jabbatheshed22/07/2019 15:08

A fractured rib is better than being dead.


You don’t see my point, a vasovagal isn’t dead, it’s a feint.
And, not wanting to argue too much, a fractured rib could make you dead if it punctures your lung.
pedrolami22/07/2019 15:09

You don’t see my point, a vasovagal isn’t dead, it’s a feint. And, not want …You don’t see my point, a vasovagal isn’t dead, it’s a feint. And, not wanting to argue too much, a fractured rib could make you dead if it punctures your lung.


I understand that, and it's always a possibility even with a full cardiac arrest if a defib isn't at hand but it's a risk worth taking if it saves a life is the advice I was given.
My father died of a heart attack many years ago and I did nothing because I didn't know any better at the time, had I taken one of these courses I may have saved him.
That being said, maybe it wouldn't but at least I'd have tried.
jabbatheshed22/07/2019 15:29

I understand that, and it's always a possibility even with a full cardiac …I understand that, and it's always a possibility even with a full cardiac arrest if a defib isn't at hand but it's a risk worth taking if it saves a life is the advice I was given.My father died of a heart attack many years ago and I did nothing because I didn't know any better at the time, had I taken one of these courses I may have saved him.That being said, maybe it wouldn't but at least I'd have tried.


sorry to hear that 😨, now with these courses people will be equipped with the knowledge
@The_Baron Welcome to the site Thx for posting , if it only helps one person it will be worth it !
Mysticaltopaz2422/07/2019 15:33

sorry to hear that 😨, now with these courses people will be equipped …sorry to hear that 😨, now with these courses people will be equipped with the knowledge


Exactly my point, and also they teach you the signs to check for to tell if it's a heart attack.
Always better to have knowledge than not.
And that's all I'm going to say on the matter.
Thank you and goodnight
jabbatheshed22/07/2019 15:29

I understand that, and it's always a possibility even with a full cardiac …I understand that, and it's always a possibility even with a full cardiac arrest if a defib isn't at hand but it's a risk worth taking if it saves a life is the advice I was given.My father died of a heart attack many years ago and I did nothing because I didn't know any better at the time, had I taken one of these courses I may have saved him.That being said, maybe it wouldn't but at least I'd have tried.


I am very sorry to hear of that.
Can't you just pray for them to get better?
If you put hands on someone and it does not go well their family could destroy you through the courts.
pedrolami22/07/2019 15:06

Whilst this is a very, very good idea. It turns people into what they …Whilst this is a very, very good idea. It turns people into what they think are superhero’s and end up doing cpr without first checking if they should do cpr. Lost count how many ‘arrests’ I have been to that have turned out to be a vasovagal and had to take them to A&E for fractured ribs.


Did you check with those numerous people performing "CPR" and consequently breaking ribs. that they had actually been on one of these courses or were they just copying what they have seen on the telly?
That is a very spermy 'g'.
YuNjuy22/07/2019 16:45

Can't you just pray for them to get better?If you put hands on someone and …Can't you just pray for them to get better?If you put hands on someone and it does not go well their family could destroy you through the courts.


You joined just to post this comment...
Should be mandatory at 18, along with a general First Aid course.
YuNjuy22/07/2019 16:45

Can't you just pray for them to get better?If you put hands on someone and …Can't you just pray for them to get better?If you put hands on someone and it does not go well their family could destroy you through the courts.


A dangerous example of how an urban myth and ignorance becomes common belief. Please cite your case law on this if you believe this is a real risk. Noone has any realistic risk of being charged with assault by the police, nor of any civil action if they act to help someone who has collapsed. Unless the first aider was grossly negligent. All the more reason to attend a course of this nature, to know what to do and what not to do.
jabbatheshed22/07/2019 15:29

I understand that, and it's always a possibility even with a full cardiac …I understand that, and it's always a possibility even with a full cardiac arrest if a defib isn't at hand but it's a risk worth taking if it saves a life is the advice I was given.My father died of a heart attack many years ago and I did nothing because I didn't know any better at the time, had I taken one of these courses I may have saved him.That being said, maybe it wouldn't but at least I'd have tried.


Someone I know had exactly the same story with his father. Afterwards, they wanted to but couldn't find any public course to attend (online isn't as useful). Even now on the BHF NW course venues, there's nothing in the main cities there. He ended up on a course kindly offered by his Fire Brigade out of the goodness of their hearts (it wasn't an official course). It's one of the sad omissions in modern Britain that there's no systematic training available for the wider population who are interested (might be different in schools). Your father's loss was unfortunately the norm. Most cardiac arrests are outside a hospital environment. There, you have a good chance of resuscitation. In the UK fewer than 10% of those in whom a resuscitation attempt is made outside hospital survive (this includes people untrained doing it for the first time, eg with 999 direction by phone). C.one third of the survival rates in Norway, Seattle and the Netherlands. It's one of the potentially preventable causes of death.

Some other stats:
  • Approximately 80% of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests occur at Home; 20% will occur in public places
  • Without immediate treatment, 90-95% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims will die
  • If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, their chance of survival increases from 6% to 74%
  • Only 22% of people in the UK would be confident in performing CPR on a stranger
Edited by: "Pete525" 23rd Jul
YuNjuy22/07/2019 16:45

Can't you just pray for them to get better?If you put hands on someone and …Can't you just pray for them to get better?If you put hands on someone and it does not go well their family could destroy you through the courts.


Thankfully this isn’t America.

CPR has its risks. If an arrest is identified, doing nothing will lead to death. No bolt from above will come from a whispered wish.
This course gives people the knowledge to avoid doing nothing and feeling helpless. Of course doing it wrong without the knowledge isn’t a good idea either.
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OH saw someone driving erratically last year & came to an abrupt halt so he got out to see if all was ok & the driver had collapsed at the wheel.

He & the other people in the van got him out and OH had to give CPR on the pavement with instruction from the emergency services on speaker phone.

Sadly the man died a couple of days later.

RIP Neil
Pete52523/07/2019 10:19

Someone I know had exactly the same story with his father. Afterwards, …Someone I know had exactly the same story with his father. Afterwards, they wanted to but couldn't find any public course to attend (online isn't as useful). Even now on the BHF NW course venues, there's nothing in the main cities there. He ended up on a course kindly offered by his Fire Brigade out of the goodness of their hearts (it wasn't an official course). It's one of the sad omissions in modern Britain that there's no systematic training available for the wider population who are interested (might be different in schools). Your father's loss was unfortunately the norm. Most cardiac arrests are outside a hospital environment. There, you have a good chance of resuscitation. In the UK fewer than 10% of those in whom a resuscitation attempt is made outside hospital survive (this includes people untrained doing it for the first time, eg with 999 direction by phone). C.one third of the survival rates in Norway, Seattle and the Netherlands. It's one of the potentially preventable causes of death. Some other stats: Approximately 80% of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests occur at Home; 20% will occur in public placesWithout immediate treatment, 90-95% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims will dieIf a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, their chance of survival increases from 6% to 74%Only 22% of people in the UK would be confident in performing CPR on a stranger



pedrolami22/07/2019 15:06

Whilst this is a very, very good idea. It turns people into what they …Whilst this is a very, very good idea. It turns people into what they think are superhero’s and end up doing cpr without first checking if they should do cpr. Lost count how many ‘arrests’ I have been to that have turned out to be a vasovagal and had to take them to A&E for fractured ribs.



Pete525 - thank you for posting a useful comment that adds value to the discussion
Wow - didn't expect this to go hot or cause an argument in the comments...

The risk of performing CPR incorrectly is likely negligible compared to the risk of doing nothing. To have any first aid knowledge is good for two reasons - first, you'll know when to perform CPR and more importantly when not to. Second, in one of these situations you will have the confidence to take control rather than standing by and wishing you'd done something. I saw (well heard) a young woman get hit by a van, a group of students stood around but no one rang 999 until I told them to. The driver immediately tried to move the lady out of the road - there was no risk from traffic and so I explained why we shouldn't move her until paramedics arrived (possible spinal injury), and she couldn't get up and walk away. I had the confidence because I'm a registered first aider and had recently been on a training course - all I did was try to keep her calm, seek medical help and not make things worse. While I agree with the comment about people believing they are super heroes and doing too much, this wasn't my experience - I knew what to do and also what not to do. This type of training can only be a good thing in that respect, plus it supports a charity.
As someone who has spent 43 years in SAR please take up this offer and take the chance to save a life and yes it's always better to do something. If you ring 999 first thing they will tell you is to do cpr and how to over the phone. Emergency services do aggressive cpr which will brake ribs better that than dead. As for punched lung my son has had 2 and is still fittest bloke I know. As for phoning 999 a few years ago a young girl drowned on a fully crowded beach with shocked bystanders watching on a hot summers day. There was 1 999 call unfortunately far to late
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