This year, Burnley FC’s #SavingLives match day is proud to link up with the International “Restart a Heart Day” for 2017.
Over the course of last year the campaign taught CPR skills to over 150,000 people across Europe and this weekend, at the West Ham United game, Burnley FC and official charity Burnley FC in the Community are hoping to reach 20,000 fans at Turf Moor stadium.
The Northwest NHS Ambulance Service will be at the game pre-and post-match offering fans the opportunity to take part in CPR demonstrations on mannequins. Staff will be based around the stadium including the fanzone and are encouraging fans to take five minutes to take part in a demonstration to learn a skill which could ultimately save lives.
Children from local schools will also be taking part in demonstrations at half time to highlight the importance of learning about CPR from an early age and Burnley FC in the Community’s Health and Wellbeing Officer, Abby Turner will be on hand to chat to fans about the importance of CPR and answer any questions surrounding the subject.
Dr. Simon Morris, Burnley FC First Team Doctor talks through the importance of CPR…
What are CPR Skills?
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Skills are a few basic things you can do to help save someone’s life when their heart stops.
Why is this important to me?
Over 60,000 people have a Cardiac Arrest each year. Most of them, over 80%, occur in the home and that means it could happen to someone in your family.
Think about it…
In your home…
To your daughter, your son, your husband or wife, your brother or sister – would you know what to do?
Cardiac Arrest is just an older person’s game isn’t it?
Most cardiac arrests occur in older people, yes, but it is also the leading cause of death in young athletes.
But the chance of me making a difference is next to nothing, right?
No, if you start CPR immediately you can double the chances of that person living.
Ok, so what do I need to do?
Pay attention for 10 mins to the demonstration at half time or visit the fanzone before the game. They’ll show you what to do.
What are the main things I need to know?
They talk about the Chain Of Survival – 4 key steps that will help you survive:-
1: Early recognition and call for help – Recognise the person is seriously ill and you NEED to call ambulance.
2: Early CPR – Get on and do it, you won’t do any harm!
3: Early Defibrillation – Defibrillation within 3–5 min of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 70%. A nearby AED can be used to deliver the first shock. Every 1 minute’s delay to defibrillation reduces the probability of survival by 10%. In the UK, fewer than 2% of victims have an AED deployed before the ambulance arrives.
4: Early Paramedic and Hospital Care
Shouldn’t we be teaching this in Schools?
Yes, we should. Less than 1 in 10 people survive a Cardiac Arrest in the UK. Basic Life Support is taught to all schoolchildren in Norway and survival rate is over 25%.
I’m sold, can I do more and help my neighbours?
Yes, you can become a Community First Responder, The Hero Next Door! Telephone 0345 112 0 999 or go to www.nwas.nhs.uk/volunteer for more information.
To find out more information about the Saving Lives campaign watch the Northwest Ambulance Service’s new animated video here or contact Health and Wellbeing Officer, Abby Turner on 01282 704 716, firstname.lastname@example.org