The MedAid Services Community Initiative is a registered charity offering free, community first aid and CPR training sessions. Knowing what to do if someone stops breathing really could be the difference between life and death.
Our three main aims are:
- to advance the education of the public in the subject of First Aid and defibrillation and by providing volunteer instruction in emergency life support to members of the community
- the protection and preservation of life through the provision of community public access defibrillators
- supporting our community by using technology and team skills to identify, collate and publish information during adverse events
Over the past year we have been very quiet as a charity delivering a small number of free CPR training sessions in local community groups, however, we now want to up-scale our operations to target mass members of the public. We have recently invested in some “Flat Stan” manikins which allow children as young as 6 years to get involved in CPR training.
Our organisation is based in Oswestry with the bulk of our work undertaken within Shropshire and surrounding areas. We also provide some training across North Wales and Manchester areas.
We offer free CPR and first aid training to our local communities to which all are invited, including all ages. Specific people as listed with our charity commission registration include:
- Children/young people
- Elderly/old people
- People with disabilities
- Other charities or voluntary bodies
- The general public/mankind
What will our project do:
We are creating a new project to involve and teach life-saving CPR skills to as many people as possible and break down some of the stigma and barriers preventing people from learning or using the skills (such as fear of complicated training, fear of litigation, explaining that common myths are simply untrue) in a fun and enjoyable way.
The project is for members of the public to “Learn CPR in 5 minutes” and take the “CPR Challenge”. The project will be delivered in public places and local community groups. Our trained volunteers will deliver CPR training to members of the public in 5 minutes and then ask if they would like to take part in the CPR Challenge.
The CPR Challenge is undertaken on Laerdal QCPR manikins. These are modern technological manikins which provide real-time feedback on the quality of CPR being applied. Once the challenge has been completed, the data is transferred into a database system and a report printed for them to take away. The report contains a number of key metrics such as overall performance percentage, number of compressions delivered, number of adequate and inadequate rescue breaths. This will allow instant feedback on where skills need be improved and to allow for them to try again. This information will be collated and published online allowing the public to see where they come in a rankings style system. We are also looking at providing monthly prizes for the top performing people.
We are aiming to create a project which delivers CPR in a new, fun way and enticing a little bit of healthy competition to get those involved and learning CPR who otherwise would not.
While we have training equipment to be used as part of the training, we need to purchase new training manikins (known as QCPR manikins) which will provide us with real-time data. We currently have 3 CPR manikins which are not QCPR enabled and these will be made available to deliver the training during the project and the QCPR manikins (for which we are seeking funding for) will be used as part of the CPR Challenge stage (the QCPR mankins provide us with the real-time data).
As we are a registered charity, we expect to receive donations from the public (as we do when delivering first aid training). Any money raised through donations will be put towards upgrading our existing non QCPR manikins in the near future.
Addressing Health Issues:
With Shropshire being a vast rural county, access to immediate ambulance care is often delayed. Ambulances have a response target of eight minutes to get to the most serious of cases (such as Cardiac Arrest), however, after about six minutes without CPR the brain begins to die. Having as many people trained in rural communities as possible, means more lives can potentially be saved by having the skills and confidence needed to perform CPR.
It will also provide public with the confidence to have the knowledge to deliver life-saving CPR and ultimately help to save more lives in communities where ambulance response times are delayed.
In the UK there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests a year outside of hospital in homes and communities where the ambulance service attempt resuscitation. Approximately 80% of these cardiac arrests occur in the home.
Without immediate treatment, 90-95% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims will die.
The average ambulance response time to a cardiac related incident in an urban area is 11 minutes and for every minute that goes by where a victim of cardiac arrest does not receive treatment, their chance of survival decreases by 10%. Basic first aid will maintain an oxygen supply to the patient's brain and other vital organs and make it more likely that the heart can be restarted by a defibrillator.
BUT, only 22% of people in the UK would be confident in performing CPR on a stranger. This means that less than one in ten victims of cardiac arrest survive to be discharged from hospital.