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Restart A Heart

Last year Thames Valley Air Ambulance attended almost 500 cardiac arrest patients. For some of them, CPR made a lifesaving difference keeping them alive until our critical care paramedics arrived.

This Restart a Heart Day we’re encouraging everyone to learn CPR which could one day save a loved one’s life. Cardiac arrests, when the heart stops pumping blood effectively around the body, accounted for 32% of our callouts last year. CPR can help double or even treble a patient’s chance of survival when the worst happens.

Our critical care paramedics and doctors carry a range of specialist equipment like the Lucas machine, which can deliver chest compressions automatically, as well as the innovative Tempus Pro machine. It’s a specialist, lightweight, multi-functional monitor our crew use to observe patients’ vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels. Our crews also carry enhanced pain relief that is not usually carried on board a land ambulance.

Watch this Resuscitation Council UK film which explains what to do if you find someone in cardiac arrest.