Ambulance service calls for more life-savers on the streets

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The London Ambulance Service has revealed new statistics which show more Londoners than ever are surviving a cardiac arrest. However, bystanders are only stepping in to perform life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in little over a third of cases.

As a result the ambulance service and the BHF are calling on more people to attend Heartstart courses across the UK to learn the skills to save a life.

London Ambulance Service Medical Director, Fionna Moore, said: “Thanks to the hard work of our staff in reaching patients quickly and providing an excellent level of care, the number of Londoners surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest has gone up for the third consecutive year.

“However, bystanders are only stepping in to help cardiac arrest patients before ambulance staff arrive just over a third of the time. If you witness a cardiac arrest, you can effectively save someone’s life by calling 999 for an ambulance straight away and carrying out basic life support.”

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Ellen Mason, said: “These statistics show that bystanders are only stepping in to help save a life in little over a third of cases which simply isn’t enough. With each minute that passes before defibrillation, the chances of survival are reduced by about ten per cent.

We want more people to sign-up to one of our Heartstart courses

“Our partnership with the London Ambulance Service has helped get our Heartstart Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills training and defibrillators to the places they are most needed across the city. We want more people to sign-up to one of our Heartstart courses and learn ELS – it could save someone’s life.”

We’ve donated more than 600 defibrillators to the places in the capital where they’re needed the most, like train stations and sports centres. In places where staff are trained to use a defibrillator to shock a person’s heart, the survival rate after a cardiac-arrest is 32% higher than the rest of London.

The figures were published this week in the London Ambulance Service 2010/11 Cardiac Arrest


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