Fears Over CPR Put Thousands At Risk

Thousands of schoolchildren are being taught how to perform CPR as figures show a lack of knowledge is putting lives at risk.

Fewer than half of people would perform CPR on someone suffering a cardiac arrest, a charity has warned.

The public’s lack of knowledge and a fear of helping are to blame, according to research by the University of Warwick.

It has been revealed that bystanders who witness a cardiac arrest perform CPR in only four out of 10 cases in the UK.

This compares with rates of almost three quarters (73%) in Norway, where survival rates are up to three times as high.

And the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has warned the reluctance to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation is leaving seriously ill people facing a “dismal fate”.

For the full story: http://news.sky.com/story/1570441/fears-over-cpr-put-thousands-at-risk

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