NHS Borders is teaming up with the British Heart Foundation to create a ‘Nation of Lifesavers’ by teaching local people lifesaving CPR skills.
It is the first Scottish health board to do so. By ensuring all staff are proficient in CPR training NHS Borders aims to become self sufficient in teaching the three simple life saving steps of CPR – Call, Push, Rescue – across the region.
Approximately 22,000 people die in the UK every year following a cardiac arrest in their home but three quarters of the Scottish public do not feel confident performing CPR on a family member or loved one, despite being most likely to see a cardiac arrest at home.
Almost half (47%) of people asked about their CPR skills admitted they are put off by the ‘fear of causing more harm than good’, and 39% say they ‘lack the knowledge and skills to act’.
The ‘Nation of Lifesavers’ campaign, launched by the BHF is a new, quick and simple cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training programme and hopes to save 5000 lives a year. The heart charity would also like to see all young people learn CPR at school.
Marjory Burns, director of BHF Scotland, said: “Our figures are a stark reminder that you’re most likely to witness a loved one suffer a cardiac arrest so it’s imperative that people learn CPR should they be faced with the worst in their own home.
“Too many lives are lost needlessly because people don’t have the basic CPR skills to act in life-threatening situations.
“The ‘Call. Push. Rescue’ message is simple to remember and by spreading this far and wide we’re determined to radically improve the country’s shocking survival rates.
“We need every school, workplace, community group and individual to be inspired to register for a free CPR training kit and join the Nation of Lifesavers and help make Scotland a safer place to live.”
Sheena MacDonald, NHS Borders medical director, added: “This easy to use CPR training is an excellent resource for us to promote to our staff and to the Scottish Borders public.”