Nurses in Wales take CPR campaign to the top of Snowdon

Two nurses aim to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death.

Two nurses will teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the summit of the tallest mountain in Wales to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death.

Julie Starling and Emma Williams (centre) with campaign supporters and arrhythmia patients

British Heart Foundation arrhythmia nurses Julie Starling and Emma Williams will be joined by cardiac patients from across Wales at Snowdon’s peak on 21 September.

The pair have raised thousands of pounds to buy public access defibrillators across North Wales and are once again looking for donations.

Unpredictable event

Ms Starling, who works at Glan Clywd Hospital in Denbighshire and has supported cardiac charity SADS UK for four years, said: ‘Anyone, at any age, can experience sudden cardiac arrest. It’s unpredictable and can strike at any time, anywhere, without warning.

‘Starting CPR before the arrival of an ambulance can double the chances of a patient’s survival.

‘That’s why it’s so important that people understand how to perform basic CPR or operate a defibrillator.’

Stark statistics

About 8,000 people each year die in Wales from sudden cardiac arrest. Less than one in ten people in the UK survive after it, and in Wales survival rates are as low as 3%.

For every minute that defibrillation is delayed, a person’s chance of survival decreases by 10%.

The event is supported by SADS UK, community organisation Achub Calon Y Dyffryn, the British Heart Foundation and charity Welsh Hearts.

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