How to conduct CPR and use a defibrillator

Following the collapse of Danish footballer Christian Eriksen in his country’s opening match of the European Football Championships, and recently the Newcastle fan who was resuscitated in the stands at St James Park in a fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, the conversation has gotten louder around the importance of knowing how to conduct CPR and use a defibrillator.

Every year, 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital for a number of reasons.

Perhaps most worryingly many happen in healthy adults who have undiagnosed conditions like Eriksen.

In half of those cases a bystander is directly nearby when it happens.

In the capital we have around 5,300 defibrillators on hand to save people’s lives.

Our presenter James was given a tutorial on what to do should someone be faced with a life and death situation of this kind.

Emma Hammett from First Aid For Life, came into the studio.

James Dickman 23rd November 2021