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How to save lives with CPR

Learn the simple steps you can take to save lives with CPR.

Defibrillation

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

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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?

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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.

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

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Publications and Resource

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 welcomes Government commitment to publish clearer guidance around DNACPR 

RCUK welcomes the news that Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has made a commitment to publish clearer guidance around DNACPR as soon as possible. We have heard too many stories of patients being pressured into agreeing not to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation attempted without any sense of shared decision-making or understanding of the relevance for them. 

Statements 18 July 2020

Tick_stroke Donna Campbell on delivering safe Immediate Life Support courses during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Donna Campbell, resuscitation department manager at James Cook University Hospital, explains how she has facilitated the safe delivery of RCUK Immediate Life Support (ILS) courses during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Case study 08 July 2020

Tick_stroke Leeds ARNI course during COVID-19  

Leeds Children’s hospital successfully ran their 9th Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI) course in June 2020. Many course candidates had been booked for over a year. Not wanting to let them down, the hospital successfully identified a way to run a safe, socially distanced course and ensure that professionals could continue to access vital training despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  

Case study 08 July 2020