How Lifesaver was developed
Lifesaver is a collaboration between Resuscitation Council UK and award-winning production company UNIT9. In the four scenarios, evidence-based guidance on CPR and first aid education are brought to life by BAFTA winner Martin Percy (writer/director) and a cast which includes Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley.
Lifesaver first launched in 2013, with updates released in 2017 and 2020. The innovative Lifesaver VR experience arrived in September 2017 and was expanded in 2020 for use with CPR training manikins. e-Lifesaver, a SCORM-compliant e-learning tool for the workplace, launched in April 2020.
Lifesaver has since been used as a training tool across the country, and was included in the Wellcome Collection’s 2018 exhibition ‘Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?’
In 2023, Resuscitation Council UK partnered with GoodSAM to train and alert the public to provide lifesaving resuscitation to neighbours in cardiac arrest through their free Lifesaver training tools. Individuals can now sign up to be a GoodSAM Cardiac Responder once they have completed all 4 Lifesaver scenarios.
“Our partnership with GoodSAM is a game-changer. Previously, only those who had first aid training could sign up to be a cardiac responder, but now anyone can do it, once they have received training via Lifesaver – which is free. Our aim is to increase bystander CPR, so we can continue to see survival rates rise.”
Andrew Lockey MBE, President at Resuscitation Council UK
- E-Learning Awards 2013: Lifesaver won four gold and one silver award at the E-Learning Awards 2013, the first quadruple gold win.
- BAFTA Awards: Nomination 2013 & 2017
- The Webby Awards: People's voice winner.
- IPA Best of Health Awards: Digital Media GOLD, Digital Media Best of Show
- A study was conducted by Dr Joyce Yeung, et al. to compare the effect of Lifesaver training only, face-to-face (F2F) training only, and a combination of Lifesaver and F2F training. Read the results published in journal "Resuscitation".
- Read Dr Jasmeet Soar’s “Lifesaver app teaches CPR by throwing you into the action: Crisis simulator fuses interactivity with live-action film to show you how to respond to heart attacks and choking”, published in journal “Resuscitation”.