SHADOW HEALTH MINISTER tries Vinnie’s hard and fast CPR

ImageThe MP learnt a lesson he’ll never forget from Vinnie Jones when he gave life-saving Hands-only CPR a go at this year’s Labour party conference.

Andrew joined other MPs at a British Heart Foundation (BHF) conference exhibition in Manchester to learn more about how Hands-only CPR can mean the difference between life and death when someone is in cardiac arrest.

The Denton & Reddish MP practiced chest compressions and heard how they should be delivered “hard and fast” at least 100 times each minute until professional help arrives and takes over. He also learnt the value of calling 999 immediately.

Earlier this year, the BHF became the first organisation in the UK to actively promote Hands-only CPR, with Vinnie Jones starring in a TV advert telling untrained bystanders to give the kiss a miss during CPR, instead concentrating on giving chest compressions to the tune of the Bee Gees classic, Stayin’ Alive. The training film starring Vinnie Jones has been watched more than two million times online.

Speaking after his Hands-only CPR lesson, Andrew said:

“Cardiac arrests are the ultimate medical emergency but not enough people have the confidence or know-how to do life-saving CPR when someone has collapsed and stopped breathing normally.

“We need more have-a-go heroes on our streets and in our homes and Hands-only CPR should give everyone that confidence to step in and help. After watching Vinnie’s training film at this year’s conference I feel in no doubt that I now have the basic skills to be able to help save a life.”

Latest figures show 12,300 people died from heart disease in the North West between 2006 and 2008, including 763 people in the Manchester local authority area.

Chest compressions combined with rescue breaths will continue to be gold standard CPR and taught during formal training, including on the BHF’s Heartstart courses.

Ellen Mason, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “The kiss of life can often be daunting for untrained bystanders who want to help when someone is in cardiac arrest. Hands-only CPR should give lots more people, including our country’s politicians, the confidence to help.”

Learn more about Hands-only CPR, visit bhf.org.uk/handsonly.

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