Andrew Gwynne MP has backed a North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) campaign at an event at the House of Commons, hosted by Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham MP, to gain parliamentary support for improving survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK – which are currently around 8 percent.
Andrew signed a pledge board calling on all stakeholders to strengthen the links of the chain of survival to improve out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates across the UK.
The day focused on gaining support for five key aims:
- Screening to be available for all children at risk of undiagnosed heart conditions.
- Children to leave school at 16 with the knowledge of simple life-saving skills including how to do CPR and use a defibrillator.
- A requirement for the installation of public access AEDs in areas of high footfall and other places, including schools across the UK, where there is a real risk of a sudden cardiac arrest occurring, and positioned alongside fire extinguishers and first aid kits.
- To raise awareness within communities of how to carry out CPR and how to use, locate and access an AED.
- To ensure NHS ambulance services lead the campaign to develop and introduce a national strategy for community resuscitation and resilience.
Guest speakers from NWAS, and those whose life has been saved or those who successfully resuscitated a victim, spoke at the event about the importance of bystanders taking action by calling 999, starting CPR and using a defibrillator to significantly improve chances of survival.