When someone collapses and stops breathing normally, it is important to quickly call 999, perform hands-only CPR and use a defibrillator (AED). Anyone can be affected by a cardiac arrest at any time and without intervention the person will quickly die. Islanders have the opportunity to learn these life-saving skills during Restart a Heart week 2020.

The Guernsey Cardiac Action Group together with professional ambulance staff and volunteers from St John will be giving free CPR and AED demonstrations at venues around Guernsey (full list below) from Monday 12th to Saturday 17th October.

To book* a place on one of these events call 077811 29539 or email info@cag.org.gg

There is also a public ‘drop-in’ demonstration taking place atthe Market Square, St Peter Port on Saturday 17th October between 11am – 2pm, where members of the public can get hands on.

Community Resuscitation Development Officer Mike Froome has organised this free week-long event as part of the CAG initiative to ensure all sections of the community have the opportunity to get involved and get hands on experience, gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to help save a life.

Mike Froome said: “The bystander’s involvement is crucial in saving a life and the quality of that life. Immediate CPR and use of an AED, while you are waiting for the emergency services to arrives makes a difference.”

Mike added: “People may be worried about the risk of infection during Covid-19 which is why we are following guidance from the Resuscitation Council UK and teaching hands only CPR. Getting hands on before the paramedics arrive gives the patient the best chance of life while reducing the risk of infection to the rescuer.”

Chief Ambulance Officer, Mark Mapp said: “We have seen a number of cases in Guernsey, recently where people have recognised someone is having a cardiac arrest and have done early CPR, while someone else is calling 999 for an ambulance. It can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Doing CPR and using an AED are simple but life-saving skills which we believe everyone in the community should learn and not be afraid of using.”

Restart A Heart is an annual initiative led by the Resuscitation Council UK. In partnership with the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and alliance of ambulance services. In 2017 the initiative went global with the formation of World Restart a Heart Day which takes place on 16th October every year with health organisations from all over the world working together to increase public awareness of cardiac arrests and increase the number of people trained in life saving CPR.

Monday12th October 2.15 pm Full
Monday 12th October 6.15pm Naftiaux Community Centre
Tuesday 13th October 2 .00 to 3.30pm St Martin’s Community Centre
6.45 to 8.15pm St Martin’s Community Centre
Wednesday 14th October 10.45 to 12.15 Cobo Community Centre
Wednesday 14th October 6.45 to 8.30pm Torteval Church Hall
Thursday 15h October 9am to 11am Full
Thursday 15h October 12 to 2pm Full
Thursday 15h October 7.00 to 8.30 Capelles Community Centre
Friday 16th October 6.00 to 7.15 St Saviour Community Centre
Saturday 17th October 9.00 to 10.30 Vale Douzaine – Harold Collas Room (smaller room)
11am to 2pm Market Place, St Peter Port.

Places are limited, to book a place on one of these familiarisation sessions please call 077811 29539 or email info@cag.org.gg

Posted: September 28, 2020