CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) is where heart massage and artificial respiration is used to restart the heart following a heart attack. The aim is to increase public awareness and knowledge of (CPR) and the techniques that can be used in an emergency situation. Around 40% of all deaths under the age of 75 are due to coronary heart disease and 60% are caused by sudden cardiac arrest.
As part of the CPR challenge, the person with the highest score will win a portable media player donated by an equipment manufacturer. This will be presented to them on a later date.
Suzy White, Resuscitation Officer said: “Early recognition of a heart attack and rapid intervention with CPR can make a real difference to someone’s survival, so it’s important that people have the knowledge and techniques that could be used in an emergency situation. The right rate and level of compressions is an essential part of the techniques that are needed for CPR and this challenge will give visitors the opportunity to test their own skills on a special computerised dummy. “
Mrs White added: “ We provide basic life support courses for schools and community groups throughout the year. People can find out more by contacting staff in the Resuscitation Department on 01722 345574. Ends
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There will be a photo opportunity on Wednesday, October 8 at 11am in Main Reception at Salisbury District Hospital. If you would like to attend please contact Patrick Butler (details below).
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170