The Royal College of Nursing Wales has joined the bid to create a Nation of Lifesavers by partnering with the British Heart Foundation to provide the kit and training to help people who have a cardiac arrest.
RCN Wales has raised funds to provide a defibrillator, which can be used to restart the heart after a cardiac arrest, outside its offices in King George V Drive East, Cardiff, that will be available to both staff and members of the public to help save lives in an emergency.
The project also involves staff and members of the local community receiving CPR training from the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers Community Package. It is hoped that the initiative will dramatically improve survival rates for the 30,000 people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside hospital each year - statistics show that currently less than one in ten of them actually survives.
Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales has spoken of her delight at RCN Wales being part of this lifesaving initiative, saying:
“Our defibrillator will be placed outside our building, meaning that local people will have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest. We’re keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR too, so now we will be working to raise money for more defibrillators and more training for our local community.”
The BHF is campaigning to make defibrillators more accessible and recognisable and wants all school pupils to be taught how to use them to save lives as part of its bid to create a Nation of Lifesavers and dramatically improve the shocking survival rate for cardiac arrest sufferers from less than one in ten.
“More lives could be saved if more defibrillators were available publicly and more people felt confident in using them and performing CPR,” said Sara Askew, BHF’s Head of Survival.
"That is why we are delighted that the Royal College of Nursing has joined our Nation of Lifesavers campaign by making another defibrillator available and teaching CPR locally. It really could be the difference between life and death.”