Dr Ranj Singh urges people to learn CPR and says it 'could save someone’s life'

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21 Jun 2021, 16:02

We've seen it on TV countless times, but does anyone actually know how to properly perform CPR? It's about time we all learnt, says Dr Ranj. The TV favourite told The Sun's Fabulous about the importance of knowing the life-saving skill.

He shared: "I’d trained on mannequins and knew what I had to do, but when the patient alarm sounded and I did my first chest compression on a real person, I’m not ashamed to admit I was scared.

"It’s one thing seeing it in films but doing it in real life is terrifying.

"What no one tells you about CPR is that it’s incredibly physically challenging. In a hospital, we swap with another medic every few minutes because it’s exhausting.

"It’s rare that scenes like we saw with Christian Eriksen occur, but when they do, the worst thing is to do nothing."

The Dr explained: "The chest compressions we saw Christian receive kept him alive so I urge everyone to spend a few minutes looking at online resources and giving yourself an idea of what you can do should you ever witness it.

"Whatever you do in that situation will buy that critically ill person time – minutes for the ambulance to arrive, seconds for a defibrillator to be found.

"Statistics show nearly a third of people in the UK are scared to step in and perform CPR for fear of getting it wrong...

"So whether it’s the St John’s Ambulance, British Heart Foundation or the NHS website, take some time this week to familiarise yourself with what to do."

Survival rates aren't great when it comes to these emergencies, but that's because we're not informed enough. 


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He said: "Just one in ten people in the UK survive a cardiac arrest out of hospital – in part because bystanders are scared or don’t know what to do.

"In the case of a sudden cardiac arrest, while I’d first implore anyone to step up and start CPR, the next thing I’d say is don’t stop.

"If there are other bystanders around and you’re feeling exhausted, get them to take over, but make the changeover as seamless as you can."

So what are the basics we can do? He said: "You’re aiming for around two chest compressions per second and to press the chest down at least 5 cm.

"Alternate like medics in hospital do, but don’t stop.

"Christian Eriksen had CPR for around 12 minutes and survived. In 2012, Fabrice Muamba needed it for 25 minutes.

"So if you find yourself doing CPR, don’t stop until the person either regains consciousness, someone else takes over, you’re relieved by a medical professional or, obviously, if it is deemed futile and unlikely to succeed.

"If you’re a member of the public performing CPR it’s your job to just buy them a little time until they can get to a doctor."

What are we waiting for? Let's get CPR savvy now.