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Learn to be a lifesaver

A simple two-minutes rescue can save a life, master this skill and you could become a lifesaver.

Human models help people do live simulations

The medical students conducted live simulations to teach people how to be a lifesaver on 16th February in Cardiff.

Learning to be a lifesaver is part of the event in Cardiff Science Festival 2020, which attracts lots of people who are eager to learn about how to do CPR(Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) . The advanced technology and human models has aroused the interest of many children and the event scene is very lively.

Siena Hayes said: “Everyone knows about CPR but not many people have the chance to do it, so lots of people are very interested to know. They know it can save people’s lives and lots of parents who are concerned about what they might do for their kids, so lots of parents bring their kids to learn.”

About 7.4 million people in the UK are suffering from heart disease and circulatory diseases. And in 2017, over 42,000 people died from heart and circulatory diseases.

When you come across someone’s sudden chest pain or discomfort, CPR will be the way to save lives. The simple CPR that only takes two minutes, it will be a pleasant thing if people know how to perform a simple CPR, and the more people are able to do CPR the better.

A medical student, Siena Hayes, said: “It is so simple to do this in two minutes and could save the life of others, which in my head is valuable, so we try to teach as many people as possible to let them know what to do in such a situation.

Gabby Kelly, one of the volunteers, said: “This event is really good, it is a great opportunity for lots of people to learn really important skills, it’s good to get so many young people as well involved and enjoy it.”

The volunteers are teaching

Heart attack is a common cause when cardiac arrest occurs, most people’s heart doesn’t beat in the right way, it’s not pumping blood around the body efficiently, so CPR can help to restart the pumping blood around their body.

According to the BBC, before the age of 75, the number of people who died of heart disease and circulatory diseases in the UK is rising for the first time in 50 years. And the British Heart Foundation has said healthcare costs related to heart and circulatory diseases are estimated at £9 billion each year.

There is a general rule that every minutes no one treats them, 10% is taken off, if 100% right alive, after one minutes, the chance to survive is 90%, two minutes, the chance to survive is 80% and so on, but the chances of survival after CPR really depends on how fast.

Welsh heart charity organize the event

However, due to the lack of life-saving skills, many people are quite afraid of pressing someone as Siena said, “My job here is to make sure they know what to do and try to teach them in the simplest way, making them feel confident after teaching.”

A survey conducted by Welsh Heart revealed that one third of all deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease in Wales, which is higher than most countries in Western Europe. Many charity like Welsh Heart have been contributing to raise people’s awareness of life-saving.

“These charities have done quite a lot of events for years to teach the public CPR and raise money to provide free heart screening for people in Welsh.” said Gabby Kelly. The vision is that no one in Wales will die of heart disease.