Lancashire lifesavers

Lancashire lifesavers

When a person has a cardiac arrest, there are a few vital minutes to save them!

Which is why we teamed up with BBC Radio Lancashire and the North West Ambulance Service to encourage as many people as possible to become Lancashire Lifesavers. 

Over 2,500 people received CPR and defibrillator training throughout April and May 2018 and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended.

In addition to the training, we're investing £30,000 to buy more defibrillators and we want your suggestions as to where we should locate them.

Suggest a location for a defibrillator

We're investing £30,000 to buy more defibrillators across Lancashire and we want you to suggest where they should be located.

The location must be within our Lancashire County Council area (not Blackburn with Darwen or Blackpool) and the sites will ultimately be decided on merit by us, along with the North West Ambulance Service and BBC Radio Lancashire.

To suggest a location for a defibrillator, email lancslifesavers@bbc.co.uk and let us know why your community needs one. Make sure you give us your suggestion by 31 May 2018 as we plan to start installing the new defibrillators throughout the summer. Together we can save lives across Lancashire. 

Using a defibrillator 

Early CPR and defibrillation gives patients in a cardiac arrest the best possible chance, which is why it’s so important that community access defibrillators are available in as many places as possible. 

In the event of a cardiac arrest, dial 999 as soon as possible and the emergency medical dispatcher will give you all the instructions you need. They’ll let you know if there is a defibrillator nearby and how to access it.

 

CPR

Approximately 30,000 people in the UK suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest every year and currently only 1 in 10 people survive. However, if someone receives CPR very quickly following the cardiac arrest there is a significant increase in the chance of survival.

CPR helps artificially keep the blood pumping around the body until medical help arrives.

The important thing is that whatever you do you cannot do it wrong or put them in a worse position – with a little bit of training you could help save a life.

Cardiac arrest or heart attack?

Cardiac arrestA cardiac arrest is the most extreme emergency and happens when the heart stops beating in a normal way, preventing the blood from pumping round the body.

Someone who is having a cardiac arrest will suddenly lose consciousness and will stop breathing normally. Unless immediately treated by CPR, the person will die in minutes.

Heart attackA heart attack can lead to a cardiac arrest but they are not the same thing.  A heart attack happens when there is a sudden interruption to the blood supply to the part of the heart muscle and it is starved of oxygen rich blood. It is likely to cause chest pain and damage to the heart.

Symptoms could include chest or arm pains, shortness of breath, vomiting or clamminess.

Find out more

North West Ambulance Service

For information on how to recognise a heart attack or cardiac arrest visit the North West Ambulance Service website.

British Heart Foundation

Help build a nation of lifesavers with the British Heart Foundation