Stayin’ Alive with the BHF

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A LEADING heart charity is encouraging Wigan’s untrained first aiders to help others stay alive through its new campaign.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has become the first organisation in the UK to actively promote Hands-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Backed by the Resuscitation Council UK, the charity says anyone who doesn’t have CPR training should now ignore the kiss of life in favour of hard and fast compressions in the centre of the chest to the tune of the Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive.

A national campaign, including a new TV advert featuring Hollywood hard man Vinnie Jones, will help show how simple hands-only CPR can be.

The charity is even urging people to hum the Bee Gees classic Stayin’ Alive to get the tempo of chest compressions right.

Ellen Mason, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “It’s very simple; call 999 and then push hard and fast in the centre of the chest at a tempo similar to Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees.”

Watch the advert and find out more about hands-only CPR, including a training video presented by Vinnie Jones, at bhf.org.uk/handsonlyCPR.