Learn how to be a lifesaver at Queensgate ambulance event

The launch of the CPRathon event
The launch of the CPRathon event
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If someone collapsed in front of you and had stopped breathing, would you know what to do?

Cardiac arrests can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time. In a cardiac arrest, every second counts. Do you know how to react?

The chances of someone being brought back to life after going into cardiac arrest can be greatly improved by cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

So critical care charities and the East of England Ambulance Service are joining forces for a free ‘first of its kind’ event which aims to equip more than 1,000 people with the practical skills to save a life.

Ambulance staff and volunteers and other medics from the ambulance service, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, MAGPAS, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service and Suffolk Accident Rescue Service will simultaneously ‘take over’ shopping centres and community venues to teach (CPR) and other basic life-saving skills on Saturday (12th September).

Each training session takes just a few minutes and involves practical life-saving skills using clinical ‘Annie’ dummies, plus advice on what happens following a 999 call and further information on cardiac care.

Visitors will also learn that:

. When a heart stops beating, just three minutes can be the difference between life and death

. Fewer than one in five people with a survivable cardiac arrest receive the lifesaving intervention they need

. Bystander CPR can increase survival rate of a cardiac arrest patient by 60 per cent.

Sandy Brown, the ambulance service’s director of nursing and clinical quality, said: “The CPRathon is a massive project relying on the goodwill of dozens of our clinical teams around the region, and we’d like to thank all of the venues for helping us host this event to improve the skills of the everyday person in the street, and also raise awareness of our work for critically ill patients.

“We really encourage people to drop in to learn this simple but critical lifesaving skill. You might need to use these skills on a loved one or a complete stranger – either way, knowing that you can help to keep the person alive until the ambulance arrives will bolster your confidence and save lives.”

Members of the public can drop by the special stands to learn skills between 11am,-3pm at the following venues:

Peterborough: Queensgate shopping centre

Bedford: Boots at The Interchange Park (Kempston)

Bury St Edmunds: Arc shopping centre

Cambridge: The Guildhall

Chelmsford: Anglia Ruskin University

Downham Market: Town Square*

Ipswich: Ipswich Town Hall forecourt

Norwich: Chapelfields

Southend: The Royals shopping centre

Stevenage: Leisure Park

*subject to weather conditions

(please note, these can be subject to change dependent on factors outside of the service’s control, or unavoidable issues such as sickness, etc.).

For more information and videos, you can visit the websites below, follow #CPRathon on Twitter, or email media@eastamb.nhs.uk.