Local AM and Staff Learn How to Save a Life

Representatives from British Heart Foundation Cymru have visited the office of Huw Irranca-Davies AM to provide life-saving CPR skills training to Huw and his staff – as part of their campaign to make Wales a nation of ‘life-savers’.

Diagnosis and treatment of heart and circulatory diseases is more effective now than ever before and death rates have fallen dramatically – however they still kill 1 in 4 people. BHF Cymru are encouraging people to learn and use CPR training skills to help improve survival rates for people suffering a cardiac arrest. Their portable training kits, which are a simple and effective way of learning how to save a life, are now seen in some of our schools, community groups and workplace. More than 1,100 public access defibrillators are also present in communities across Wales, including in sports centres, shopping centres and train stations.

The BHF Cymru’s training session showed the Assembly Member and his staff how to tell the difference between cardiac arrest and heart attack and what life-saving steps to take. Portable manikins were used to practice chest compressions along with instructions on how to use a defibrillator.

Following the training, Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies, who is also the Welsh Government Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care said; “My thanks to Emma from British Heart Foundation Cymru for providing a refresher course in CPR and wider training. Far too many people in Wales die as a result of a cardiac arrest but if more people learn CPR life-saving skills and training, we can help to change that and all become potential life-savers. I would definitely recommend this life-saving training to anyone as you never know when it could come in handy.

For details of CPR skills and training visit the British Heart Foundation Cymru website: https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/how-to-save-a-life