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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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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 Confusion around what to do during COVID-19 when someone’s in a cardiac arrest could cause delay in life-saving action, warn charities

Confusion around what to do during COVID-19 when someone’s in a cardiac arrest could cause delay in life-saving action, warn charities. 

Press release 15 October 2020

Tick_stroke Resuscitation Council UK welcomes CQC review into use of DNACPR during the COVID-19 pandemic

Resuscitation Council UK welcomes the Department of Health and Social Care’s commissioning of the Care Quality Commission to review the use of DNACPR during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statements 13 October 2020

Tick_stroke James Cook’s NLS courses during COVID-19

Resuscitation Officer Nicki Rennison spoke to RCUK about how the James Cook University Hospital is facilitating Newborn Life Support courses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Case study 21 September 2020