This BBC Three video popped up in my Twitter feed this morning (courtesy of BHF) and I thought some of you might be interested in it. It's a really good public information film, I think, showing what to do if you are present when someone has a cardiac arrest - such vital information for all of us to have! I did try to embed the video here, but couldn't get it to work, so you'll just need to click the link if you want to watch/share it.
CPR/Defibrillator first aid for cardi... - British Heart Fou...
I trained as a first aider at work a few years back and all of us on the course held the false impression (probably thanks to TV etc) that you're giving CPR to bring the person back to life, when you're actually just doing the heart's job of keeping blood and oxygen moving around the body until someone can get there with a defibrillator. Now I can't believe that wasn't obvious to me before...but it really wasn't! And, yes, confusion over heart attack versus cardiac arrest is everywhere. I thought they were one and the same thing until just a few years ago. So wrong! BHF have a really good graphic making the difference clear, will see if I can find it and post on here. x
Lots of people I have spoken to didn’t realise that if someone is having a HA you don’t need to do CPR, duh!!! Just help and watch in case heart stops. They dont realise with a HA the heart keeps beating it’s only with a CA that the heart stops and CPR is required immediately. When my husband had his CA his brain kicked it trying to draw breathe in to keep it alive and functioning, I’ve described the noise like someone snoring at jumbo jet decibel, the air being expressed made his face look like he was in a wind tunnel. This stopped after a minute or two and he went blue. Again I now know I should have commenced CPR whilst he was stilling trying to draw breathe to help him, but was concentrating on screaming for help as we were out with no phones!!
Brilliant video I have had OHS myself , but I have been a volunteer with St John Ambulance for nearly 30 years.
I am defibrillator trained and CPR trained.
My wife is also a trainer and my son a student Paramedic.
Amongst many other things.
When we are covering events we usually always carry an AED/Defibrillators.
All are easy to use and are now found in many locations.
For information some of the cabinets that contain defibs appear to have a keypad lock 🔒
Don't worry if u need it dial 999/112 tell them what's happening on the cabinet there will be a number tell them this number it will give Ambulance service location and they will give u the code for lock to gain access.
Some in train stations etc are just grab and go.
Hope this info will help