Be part of Saturday's world record attempt in Buckingham!

Wed 12 Oct, 2016

Crews from Buckingham Fire Station and South Central Ambulance Service will be joining an international attempt to set a Guinness world record on Saturday (15 October).

They are aiming to show as many people as possible how to save the life of somone who is suffering a cardiac arrest by administering CPR (cardiopulmonary rescuscitation).

The event, which takes place from 10am to 5pm at Tesco in London Road, is part of an initiative callled Restart a Heart.

Crew Commander Mike Downard from Buckingham Fire Station said: "If someone suffers a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival double if it happens in front of a bystander who immediately starts CPR before the arrival of an ambulance.

"Today, if you suffer a cardiac arrest in the UK and are not in hospital when it happens, you have less than a one in ten chance of surviving. In places such as Norway, where CPR is more widely taught, it is as high as four in ten."

There are several other key factors to this success, such as increasing the number of community public access defibrillators in the community (a defibrillator is a device which delivers an electrical shock to the heart to restart it), but getting members of the public to initiate CPR before the arrival of an ambulance is crucial.

A cardiac arrest is when your heart stops beating. This is not the same as a heart attack, although a heart attack may lead to a cardiac arrest. There are numerous causes of cardiac arrests, including: 

  • A disturbance in the heart rhythm 
  • Drugs/poisoning 
  • Heart disease/a heart attack 
  • Traumatic injury/blood loss 
  • Anaphylaxis (allergic reaction)

Mike added: "The purpose of CPR is to keep oxygenated blood flowing around the body to keep the vital organs alive. CPR itself will not restart someone’s heart, but it keeps them alive until a defibrillator arrives.

"We have been delivering leaflets to all schools in the area in an attempt to encourage as many children and parents to attend, and Tesco, our hosts, are promoting it to all of their staff, which is fantastic. We want to make sure this a great event for the public."