Burnley MP’s life-saving advice

HANDS-ON: Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle performs hands-only CPR.

HANDS-ON: Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle performs hands-only CPR.

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BURNLEY MP Gordon Birtwistle has been given some hands-on life-saving advice.

Mr Birwistle joined other Liberal Democrat MPs at a British Heart Foundation conference exhibition in Brighton to learn about how valuable hands-only CPR can be.

He practised chest compressions and was told how they should be delivered “hard and fast” at at least 100 times each minute until professional help arrives.

Earlier this year, the BHF became the first organisation in the UK to actively promote hands-only CPR, with Vinnie Jones starring in a TV advert telling untrained bystanders to “give the kiss a miss” during CPR, instead concentrating on giving chest compressions to the tune of the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive”.

“I’ve learnt a really important lesson,” said Mr Birtwistle. “After watching Vinnie’s training film I feel in no doubt that I now have the basic skills to step in and be able to help save a life.

“When someone suffers a heart attack, every second counts – bystander action really can mean the difference between life and death. At the moment not enough bystanders have the confidence to know what to do when someone has collapsed.

“We need more have-a-go heroes on our streets and in our homes and hands-only CPR should give everyone that confidence to help.”

More information can be found at www.bhf.org.uk/handsonly