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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 TV and film ‘thump’ is not effective alternative to CPR, researchers at University of Warwick demonstrate

Several alternative methods to CPR have shown no benefit in saving lives in a review by University of Warwick researchers. The systematic review reinforces CPR as the ‘gold standard’ technique when someone is in cardiac arrest.

Press release 15 February 2021

Tick_stroke Resuscitation Council UK welcomes NCEPOD report

Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) welcomes the report, ‘Time Matters’, into the quality of care provided in UK hospitals following an out of hospital cardiac arrest.

Statements 11 February 2021

Tick_stroke Qualitative findings from the ReSPECT Evaluation Study

We welcome the publication online on 19 January of the findings of a qualitative observational study of ReSPECT conversations in six NHS Trusts.

Statements 08 February 2021