Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for adults

Be prepared to save lives: The importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for adults

Every year, thousands of lives are saved by individuals trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In critical moments when someone experiences cardiac arrest, the ability to perform CPR can make the crucial difference between life and death. In this blog, Rose delves into the importance of CPR training for adults, explores key definitions, relevant legislation, regulations, and best practices, and provides recommendations for effective CPR training.

Key facts and statistics

  • According to the research, there are around 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year.
  • Shockingly, only 1 in 10 people survive a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital environment.
  • However, when CPR is performed promptly, the chances of survival double or even triple.

Key Definitions

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - CPR is a lifesaving technique that involves chest compressions and rescue breaths to maintain blood flow and oxygenation to the body's vital organs during cardiac arrest.
  • Cardiac arrest - occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating, causing blood flow to the brain and other vital organs to cease.

Relevant legislation, regulations, and best practice

  • Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 - These regulations require employers to provide adequate first aid training for their employees, including CPR training.
  • Resuscitation Council UK guidelines - These guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for CPR techniques, including the ratio of chest compressions to rescue breaths and automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

The importance of prompt intervention

Effective CPR must be initiated within minutes of cardiac arrest to maximise the chances of survival. Quick action from trained individuals can buy valuable time until professional medical help arrives.

Proper CPR technique is crucial for maintaining blood circulation and oxygenation. Training sessions should emphasise the correct hand placement, compression depth, and rate to ensure optimal outcomes.

The role of automated external defibrillators (AEDs)

AEDs can significantly improve survival rates by delivering an electric shock to restore normal heart rhythm. Training in AED use should complement CPR instruction to enhance the chain of survival.


  • Encourage employees and community members to undergo certified CPR training regularly.
  • Ensure accessibility to AEDs in public spaces and workplaces.
  • Conduct regular CPR drills to reinforce skills and confidence.


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is not just a skill; it's a lifesaving tool that everyone should possess. By investing in CPR training, individuals can become empowered to act decisively in emergencies, potentially saving the lives of loved ones, colleagues, or strangers. At The Mandatory Training Group, we are committed to promoting CPR awareness and providing comprehensive training solutions. Together, let's make a difference and be prepared to save lives.

Ready to become a CPR hero? Click here to explore our CPR training courses today and equip yourself with the skills to make a lifesaving difference in your community.

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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