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CPR information

How to do CPR

Learn how to perform CPR so you can give someone the chance of survival if they collapse and stop breathing.

Defibrillation

Find out more about defibrillators, also known as AEDs or PADs.

CPR in Schools

At RCUK, we believe that everyone should learn the skills to save a life. Use our lesson plan to help teach your students with confidence.

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Ways you can learn CPR skills

Lifesaver learning

With our interactive game in a film Lifesaver, you’ll find yourself at the heart of the emergency. Learn CPR skills at home, in your workplace or in VR mode!

Restart A Heart Day

Taking place on or around 16 October every year, members of the public learn essential CPR skills as part of Restart a Heart. Will you join us this year?

CPR Right Now

It’s time to learn CPR right now – because even during COVID-19, we need to be prepared to help people who suffer a cardiac arrest. Learn essential skills with our short animation.

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Information on decision-making

ReSPECT

The ReSPECT process creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care and treatment in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices.

CPR Decisions and DNACPR

Learn more about why CPR decisions are important, and how you can discuss and record your CPR decisions.

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FAQs

We’ve compiled answers to your frequently asked questions on a variety of topics.

Share your story

If you are a cardiac arrest survivor, you've saved a life with CPR, or you have a story about your CPR or ReSPECT decision, we'd love to hear from you.

Donate

Help us change and save lives across the four nations by donating to RCUK.

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Publications and Resources

CPR language resources

Our language fliers and animation videos demonstrate how to do CPR in a range of languages.

Publications

RCUK publications which provide information on CPR, AEDS, and decision-making.

ReSPECT Resources

Documents to support understanding of and use of the ReSPECT process, including easy-read guides.

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News

Tick_stroke A look at 2022

RCUK’s president, Prof Andy Lockey and CEO, Dr James Cant reflect on the past year, and what we’re doing next.

05 January 2022

Tick_stroke Help us shape our Vision to 2030 

RCUK is inviting the resuscitation and health and social care community, as well as people with lived experience of cardiac arrest or CPR decision making, to provide feedback on our Vision to 2030. 

News 06 December 2021

Tick_stroke RCUK welcome the appointment of new RCUK President Prof Andy Lockey 

We’re pleased to announce that Prof Andy Lockey became President of Resuscitation Council UK today (2 December).

Statements 02 December 2021