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CPR information

How to save lives with CPR

We believe that everyone should learn the skills to save a life, and have created a lesson plan to help you teach your students with confidence.

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.

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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 Football teammates save a life

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any time. It can happen to elite footballers, such as Danish international Christian Eriksen, and it can also happen to someone having a weekly kick-about in the gym. No matter who they happen to, and which type of pitch they happen to be on, there’s one thing that’s certain – quick CPR and defibrillation can be the difference between life and death.    

17 June 2021

Tick_stroke RCUK congratulates Professor Gavin Perkins for being named as an ILCOR giant

We are delighted that Professor Gavin Perkins has joined the impressive and elite group of notable individuals who have been honoured since 1985 as a 'Giant' in resuscitation by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

News 15 June 2021

Tick_stroke CPR charity encourages people to act immediately when someone collapses following Christian Eriksen incident

Charity Resuscitation Council UK is urging members of the public to learn how to perform CPR after international footballer Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during Denmark’s match today.

News 15 June 2021