Today is Restart a Heart Day, an annual worldwide event to teach as many people as possible the lifesaving skill of CPR. The overall aim is to bring awareness, education and training to the public in order to increase the likelihood of lives being saved in the event of a cardiac arrest.

To mark Restart a Heart Day, East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), one of the 21 air ambulance charities supported by Air Ambulances UK, has been running CPR training sessions throughout this week.

The session form part of EAAA’s commitment to training its local community in lifesaving skills all year round.

The interest of the patient is at the heart of everything they do, and that is why their ongoing aim is to minimise the impact of trauma and medical emergencies by providing lifesaving first aid skills to as many people as possible in East Anglia.

Every year approximately 12,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest whilst at home, work or play in the East of England. Only about 40% of these receive any form of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before the arrival of the ambulance service and less than 20% have a defibrillator deployed before emergency services arrive. Early bystander CPR trebles the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest. Coupled with the early use of a defibrillator this can improve survival by 40-70%.  But only 1 in 10 people in our community know basic lifesaving first aid skills.

Many lives can be saved each year by the combination of early bystander CPR and defibrillation, advanced rapid critical care at the scene followed by a quick transfer to hospital. These links are vital in saving lives and improving patients’ prospects of making a full recovery.

East Anglian Air Ambulance wants to save more lives by minimising the impact of trauma and medical emergencies in the community.  To achieve this, the Charity’s Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) Mark Milsom and his CCP colleagues are delivering first aid training to workplaces and community organisations across East Anglia. Mark is utilising his skills and experience of delivering lifesaving care when flying with the Charity to provide hands on training and expert advice.

For more information about the EAAA training visit their website here.