The British Heart Foundation (BHF) have announced that they’re helping teach CPR to Bournemouth drivers that deliver Amazon parcels.
There are up to 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of a hospital setting every year in the UK. For every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation, the chances of survival may reduce by 10%. CPR is a procedure which helps pump blood around a persons body when their heart is unable to do so.
To help tackle this, British Heart Foundation have partnered with Amazon and over 100 independent delivery services across the UK to offer free training to drivers. The BHF have so far trained Amazon instructors at the Bournemouth Delivery Station. CPR training sessions will then pass the skill on to drivers.
Jacob West, Director of Healthcare Innovation at the British Heart Foundation, explained that: “CPR is a lifesaving skill that only takes 30 minutes to learn. Unfortunately, in the UK there are far too many people dying of a cardiac arrest, often because people don’t have the skills or confidence to perform CPR. It’s vital that CPR training reaches as many people as possible.
CPR can more than double a person’s chance of survival. In parts of Europe where CPR is widely taught research suggests survival rates are up to 26%.
Kerry-Anne Lawlor, Country Director of Amazon Logistics, added: “We are delighted to work with the British Heart Foundation to be able to offer drivers lifesaving CPR training to respond in emergency situations.”
For more information on CPR you can visit the British Heart Foundations’ website here.