It’s a nightmare scenario – someone, more than likely a family member or loved one, takes a heart attack in front of you and you haven’t a clue what to do.
Sadly it happens every day, and thousands of people die, but the message in a new video launched by the Irish Heart Foundation today is that you don’t have to be an expert to save a life.
The eye-catching animated video campaign is intended to help the public learn the life-saving steps of CPR, which can triple a person’s chances of survival from a cardiac arrest.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, for this year’s national Restart a Heart Day on Friday, October 16, animated character Manny Quinn has teamed up with the Irish Heart Foundation to deliver his important message online.
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With CPR classes for the public on hold because of Covid restrictions, Manny, a former training manikin and CPR expert turned Broadway singer, sings about the two essential steps when performing CPR on a person who has experienced a cardiac arrest.
The first step is to call 112 or 999 and the second is to push hard and fast on the centre of the chest.
The video opens in a CPR training supplies room, where Manny and his colleagues have been gathering dust since March.
But soon we see Manny come to life, jumping off his shelf and taking to a Broadway-style stage to tell us (through the medium of song, of course) how to perform CPR.
As Manny points out in his song, CPR is a simple skill to learn and we all have a role to play. As he puts it: “And never think you’re not qualified, ‘cos it’s up to everyone to save some lives”.
He’s also joined by two of his colleagues, who give a demo of how to perform CPR compressions.
While the video has an element of fun, the message is very serious explains Brigid Sinnott, Resuscitation Manager at the Irish Heart Foundation.
“Thousands of people die every year in Ireland from cardiac arrest and approximately 70% of those happen at home in front of a loved one,” she said.
“If someone who knows CPR can start performing compressions quickly they can double or even triple a person’s chances of survival.
“A person’s chances of survival drop by 10% for every minute that passes without somebody performing CPR or using a defibrillator on them.
“That’s why at the Irish Heart Foundation we want to create a nation of lifesavers by training as many people as possible in CPR.
“Because of Covid we have had to stop running CPR classes, so we are urging people to watch Manny Quinn’s video message on irishheart.ie to understand what to do when faced with a cardiac emergency.
“The more people who know what to do in a case of cardiac arrest, the more likely a person who has a cardiac arrest will have of receiving this simple life saving treatment.
“It is really important for people to realise that they don’t have to be a trained doctor or medical professional to perform CPR – anybody can do it.
“An important first step is to call 112 or 999 because the emergency services will talk you through each step of CPR and stay on the phone with you until emergency services arrive on the scene.”
The new video campaign is supported by global healthcare company Abbott and ESB Networks.
To find out more go to www.irishheart.ie
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