Offer to help Enfield community become ‘more resilient’ to cardiac arrests

Enfield chosen as one of two areas in England to pilot new ‘HeartSafe Communities’ project run by British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance and Resuscitation Council UK

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Enfield organisations are being offered free emergency first aid awareness sessions as part of a new pilot project that has chosen to focus on the borough.

Until mid-October 2023, Enfield is one of just two areas in England selected to take part in the ‘HeartSafe Communities’ pilot project run by British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance and Resuscitation Council UK.

Isabelle Kidder, from British Heart Foundation, explains: “This project is focused on helping communities become more resilient so that when an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest occurs there is an increased chance of survival, as eight out of ten cardiac arrests happen in the home and currently the survival rate is less than one in ten.

“As part of this pilot, we are calling on Enfield community organisations, schools, businesses, neighbourhood teams and residents to get involved through learning CPR and helping us to locate existing defibrillators in the area. This is a great opportunity to learn basic first aid skills at no cost.”

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Local organisations are invited to register their interest for a free first aid awareness session, either virtually or in-person at a venue of the group’s choosing. Both would be delivered by a St John Ambulance volunteers.

The sessions cover patient care and communication, observations, primary survey and levels of response , making an emergency call, recovery position, signs of heart attack vs cardiac arrest, CPR, choking, severe bleeds and more.

The project will also deliver two new defibrillators for Enfield but locals are being asked to help the project leaders assess the best location for them by registering existing defib locations via the British Heart Foundation’s national network, The Circuit.

For more information and to book a free medical training session:
[email protected]

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