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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 Secondary 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.

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

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?

Basic Life Support Instructor Course (BLSi)

BLSi has been created to empower first aid Instructors and others teaching Basic Life Support (BLS), on how to deliver effective, confidence-inspiring and inclusive teaching to a high standard.

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.

More information

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.

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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Tick_stroke RCUK’s position on the use of suction-based airway clearance devices on choking individuals

With several airway clearance devices now available in the UK, Resuscitation Council UK outlines their stance on these devices. 

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Tick_stroke Resuscitation Council UK reveals winners of inaugural Excellence in Resuscitation Awards

RCUK announces the winners of the inaugural Excellence in Resuscitation Awards. Designed to honour resuscitation greats who devoted their lives and work to the field, the awards spotlight those currently continuing their legacies.

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Tick_stroke Resuscitation Council UK launches landmark report to address inequalities in resuscitation

Resuscitation Council UK has launched a landmark report - Every second counts: Tackling inequalities in resuscitation. The report warns that socio-economic deprivation, a person’s ethnicity, or cultural background, shouldn’t determine whether a person is more or less likely to survive a cardiac arrest.

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