If you are with somebody who has a cardiac arrest, there are a few vital minutes to save them – knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death. This is why we’re holding two online sessions which are open to the public which will give you the skills to save a life.
In the sessions, Blue Light Collaboration and Engagement Manager/Paramedic David McNally will talk you through exactly what to do in the event of a cardiac arrest, including a demonstration of how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a defibrillator.
David says: “Every single second counts in the event of a cardiac arrest as chances of survival are reduced by 10 percent with each passing minute which is why it’s so important that members of the public are able to step in and begin life-saving CPR even before we arrive on scene.
“The aim of the training sessions is for more people to feel confident enough to step in and help when the worst does happen which will ultimately save lives.
We’re holding one evening session and one day session. Just click on the link for whichever time suits you and follow the joining instructions below:
On your desktop
When you click on the link, you’ll be taken to a page which gives you the choice of installing the app, or watching via the website – it’s up to you which one you would like to do!
If you’re already signed into Teams or any Outlook account it will ask you for your password to continue, otherwise you will see the below screen. Just click ‘join anonymously’ if you don’t have an Outlook account.
You’ll then be taken to the live event. Don’t worry if there’s no one on screen yet, it will start automatically once we’ve gone live.
On a mobile device (phone or tablet)
You will need to download the Teams app in order to join the event, so try and do this a little earlier if you can.
Once you’ve clicked on the relevant link above, just follow the instructions in order to download. Don’t worry, the app is completely free. If you aren’t signed up to Outlook already, you’ll have the option to create a free account so that you can join us live.
In the event of a cardiac arrest, it is important to dial 999 as soon as possible and our emergency medical dispatchers will give all the necessary instructions. They will also advise if there is a defibrillator nearby and how to access it.