Every year in the UK 30,000 people experience a cardiac arrest with 80% of those experiencing a cardiac arrest in the home. This means it could be family members or friends, and if we don’t act quickly enough, they could die within minutes.

Many deaths could be prevented if first aid was given before emergency services arrive.

What is CPR?

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a life-saving medical procedure which is given to someone who is in cardiac arrest. It helps to pump blood around the person’s body when their heart can’t.

CPR should only be used if someone is:

  • unconscious and not breathing
  • unconscious and not breathing normally

By performing chest compressions and rescue breaths, you are taking over the role of their heart and lungs, pumping blood and oxygen around their body.

Every second counts.


Watch our trainer guide to CPR during Covid-19

We got together with one of our wonderful trainers, Laura Whotton, to make this video on how to do CPR whilst still keeping yourself safe from coronavirus. Laura takes us through the practical steps to make you feel more confident should you find yourself in an emergency situation.

You can also read more about what we are doing to keep our trainers and trainees safe during Covid-19 here


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Covid-19 UpdateAs an essential training provider, we want you to know that all our courses have been, and will continue to run unless we contact you otherwise!

We live and breathe health, safety, risk and wellbeing here at SkillBase, and the safety of all our delegates and our trainers are of paramount importance. With support from the HSE in their latest policy update (15/01/21) stating first aid training can continue to take place under relevant coronavirus restrictions, we continue to work extremely hard to ensure rigorous Covid-secure protocols are in place.