1. ITV Report

Heart charity warns lack of CPR knowledge could cost lives

Nearly 9 out of 10 people from the East of England would be reluctant to perform CPR on cardiac arrest victims, a new survey has revealed.

A nurse demonstrates CPR technique. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The study by British Heart Foundation comes with a warning that lack of public knowledge could be costing lives.

They say those who have learned the technique are three times as likely to use it.

The main reasons for reluctance to step in were:

  • fear of causing more harm than good
  • lacking the skills and knowledge to perform CPR

But experts warn that the benefits of performing CPR far outweigh the risks, as survival rates are almost zero if people collapse and get no support until paramedics arrive.


CPR may be the difference between life and death for hundreds of people every year in the East of England who suffer a cardiac arrest. Every second counts, and it simply isn't enough to hope that someone who knows CPR is present.

We need everyone in the East of England to learn this life-saving skill to give them the confidence to step in and give CPR when someone collapses after a cardiac arrest.

– Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation