WATCH: How trained first responders are supporting NHS ambulance services to deliver lifesaving CPR
A new film from NHS England and NHS Improvement and GoodSAM is highlighting the stories of people who survived a cardiac arrest thanks to the quick-thinking actions of those nearby.
It is currently estimated that the survival rate for out of hospital cardiac arrest is less than 9%. Two of the most important factors influencing survival are the early use of effective CPR and early defibrillation. GoodSAM works with ambulance services across England and the UK, alerting people trained in CPR to nearby cardiac arrests whilst an ambulance is on the way.
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS Medical Director says,
“These stories of cardiac arrest survivors serve as a powerful reminder of impact of fast and effective use of CPR and defibrillation
“We know that the more people who learn CPR and feel confident in their skills the more lives we can save. By harnessing the technology of the GoodSAM app, NHS ambulance services can notify trained professionals who can potentially provide lifesaving help, whilst an ambulance is on its way.”
If you’re a healthcare professional or first aider and you’d like to support, you can sign-up as a trained first responder and help to increase the chances of survival from cardiac arrest, visit the GoodSAM App to find out more: