Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid

The lifesaving importance of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a critical skill everyone should know, from healthcare professionals to the general public. Its timely and effective application can double or even triple a cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival. In this blog, Rose explores the vital aspects of CPR within first aid, highlighting its significance through key statistics, the relevant legal framework, and best practices. She aims to educate and motivate individuals and organisations to get trained, ensuring readiness to act in life-threatening situations.

The critical role of CPR - Key facts and statistics

Every year, thousands of lives depend on the timely application of CPR. Statistics from the Resuscitation Council (UK) reveal that:

  • Over 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the UK, where resuscitation is attempted.
  • Survival rates in the UK are currently only around 8-10%.
  • Immediate CPR can increase the chances of survival by up to three times.
  • These statistics underscore CPR's pivotal role in emergency medical response and why training is essential.

Understanding CPR - Key definitions

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - Is a lifesaving technique used in emergencies when someone’s heartbeat or breathing has stopped.
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) - A portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.

Legislation and regulations governing CPR training

In the UK, the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities, and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if injured or taken ill at work. This includes having trained first-aiders proficient in CPR, depending on the size and risk level of the workforce.

Best practices in CPR training

Best practice in CPR training involves

  • Regular refreshers - The Resuscitation Council (UK) recommends that CPR skills be refreshed at least once a year.
  • Practical training - Effective CPR training should include practical sessions to practice techniques on mannequins, allowing participants to learn the physical aspect of delivering CPR.
  • Inclusion of AED training - With AEDs now more widely available, training should also cover their use.

Implications for businesses and organisations

Businesses and organisations must recognise the importance of CPR training as part of their first aid responsibilities. Ensuring that employees are trained not only complies with legal requirements but also boosts safety and can save lives.


  • Assess your needs -Organisations should assess their first aid needs based on size, risk level, and other relevant factors to determine the required number of trained first aiders.
  • Choose accredited training - To ensure quality and compliance, Select courses accredited by recognised bodies like the Resuscitation Council (UK).
  • Regular updates - Keep your CPR training updated with regular refresher courses.


CPR training is not just a regulatory requirement but a critical investment in the safety and well-being of employees and the community. Every second counts during a cardiac emergency; having personnel trained in this vital skill can be the difference between life and death.

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Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always seek professional medical assistance in emergency situations.

About the author

Rose Mabiza

Rose has dedicated over 15 years to improving health and social care quality through practice, targeted education and training. Her extensive experience includes working with older adults, individuals with mental health conditions, and people with autism and learning disabilities.

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