Our Magpas Air Ambulance medical team is activated to a growing number of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests where the current survival rate in the UK is as low as 7-8%.
We believe that training people in basic CPR and using a defibrillator could make all the difference and give people the confidence and skills to act in an emergency.
Hearts Matter and together with the communities in which we work, we can make a difference!
- There are approximately 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests attended to by medical professionals every year, of which only 40% of victims receive bystander CPR%.
- For each minute that goes by without defibrilation, the chances of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest decreases by 10%.
- The current survival rate of cardiac arrests in the UK is 7-8%. In comparison areas with a comprehensive strategy to reduce deaths by cardiac arrest have survival rates of 50%.
- Recognising a cardiac arrest, calling 999, administering CPR, and defibrillation are crucial elements of the chain of survival.
- Bystander CPR has shown to double a person’s chances of survival, while defibrillation within 3-5 minutes can increase survival rates to 50 – 70%.
WHAT WE’RE DOING IT ABOUT
- At Magpas Air Ambulance, we want everyone to have the confidence and knowledge to intervene when someone is suffering a cardiac arrest, to provide them with CPR and to deploy a defibrillator in the vital minutes before the emergency services arrive.
- To make this a reality, we have just launched our own community training session, Hearts Matter – Community CPR, which is available to schools, businesses, and community groups across Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire – FOR FREE