In an emergency, would you know what to do? 

Daisy Ridley in Lifesaver

Lifesaver is an interactive game where you learn CPR and find out what it’s like to be a saviour in an emergency. 
Available on your browser or as an iPhone and Android app, Lifesaver is a cutting-edge way to learn lifesaving skills anytime, anywhere. Through four action-packed scenarios, you’ll be thrown into the heart of the action as you make the crucial decisions and learn the essential skills needed to save a life. 
The scenarios work together to cover the first three steps of the chain of survival: calling an ambulance, performing CPR, and using a defibrillator. They also highlight what to do when someone is choking, and how to put someone in the recovery position.  
Playing Lifesaver is your opportunity to learn what an emergency looks like and how you should respond to it. By learning essential CPR skills, you have the power to help increase the number of people who could survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK.  

Will you pledge to become a Lifesaver today? 

How to play 

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?’  


  • 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”. 
Children learning CPR

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