to the sudden onset of a cardiac arrest, one college is training over 100 of
their students in life saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with the
North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).
Metropolitan College was inspired by Restart a Heart Day after one of their students survived a cardiac arrest whilst playing football, due to the people around
them knowing what to do.
well as training the college students, 56 organisations in total will be
trained as part of the NEAS campaign which will deliver lifesaving skills to over
6,000 people in the region.
Student at Tyne Metropolitan College, Dylan Taylor, would like to share his
story to emphasise the importance of why people should receive CPR training, to
save more lives.
was playing football at Sunderland College at the time, representing Tyne
Metropolitan College, when he suddenly collapsed and became unresponsive.
seconds, his coach and team mates rushed to his side to check his airway and
begin CPR. An ambulance was called and whilst they were on route, a student got
a defibrillator which the college had not long installed.
said, “I’m so lucky to be alive. Due to the fact that there was a defibrillator
used and people around me were quick to perform CPR; this made all the
difference in me surviving.
want to tell my story to encourage other people to take up CPR training as,
like me, you never know when you could have a cardiac arrest. It can happen to
arrest survival begins with the first person that recognises someone is
unresponsive and takes urgent emergency action of first calling 999 for an
ambulance and then beginning CPR.
60,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital in England every year and
of these, 28,000 patients will have resuscitation started or continued by the ambulance
service. Survival rates for cardiac arrest patients is 8.6%. This is
significantly lower than for populations in other developed countries like
Holland (21%), Seattle (20%) and Norway (25%).
current rate of initial bystander CPR in England is reported as being 43%
compared to up to 73% in other countries. A cardiac arrest victim’s chance of
survival falls by around 7 to 10 percent with every minute that defibrillation
Medical Director, Professor Michael Norton is a specialist in cardiology in the
North East and treats many patients who have suffered a cardiac arrest. He
said, “One of the great things about cardiac arrest treatment from my point of
view is that although this is the most serious medical emergency we have, when
someone starts CPR, preferably with a defibrillator, then what we see is
somebody being saved, but also someone going back to functioning normally.
are starting to see more and more patients returning to normal after suffering
a cardiac arrest and this is due to early bystander CPR and the use of a
defibrillator. The quality of life of the people that are saved is much better
as a result of early recognition of a cardiac arrest and this is what we need
to be seeing more of.
a Heart Day is a way of making our community safer. We want to see the North
East become a community of life savers. Cardiac arrest is not about the
emergency services coming to help you, it’s about each of us learning CPR and
how to use a defibrillator so if that day comes, we can make the difference in
someone surviving or not.”
a Heart Day is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the importance of CPR.
UK campaign, which is now in its 6th year, was launched after
figures revealed that less than one in 10 people in Britain survive an out of
hospital cardiac arrest, due to low bystander CPR rates. In countries where CPR
is taught in schools, as many as one in four survive.
Mason, community development officer at NEAS, said: “There is nothing more
disheartening to an ambulance crew than arriving on scene to a patient in cardiac
arrest and no one is doing CPR.
arrest can happen to anyone of any age at any time, even fit young people like
Dylan. His story shows how important bystander CPR and early defibrillation is.
is incredibly easy to deliver but we understand people don’t always find it
easy to start CPR, either because they’re not sure how or think they may hurt
the person. However, the chances of survival and the quality of life thereafter
are vastly increased if CPR is started as soon as possible, as every second
counts. If you do need to deliver CPR, you will be given support by our health
advisors over the phone until an ambulance crew arrives.
community resuscitation team work up and down our region to support our local
communities and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to help save
lives in their local area. Restart a Heart Day is an extension of this and
we’re looking forward to visiting schools across the North East today to create
our next generation of lifesavers.”