Luxury jewellers Laings announced it is providing CPR training for its staff in collaboration with its charity partner, the British Heart Foundation.
The jewellers held CPR training sessions, hosted by the BHF, across all of its stores in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Southampton, as well as its head office, in a move that aims to help the charity “build a nation of lifesavers”.
The initiative follows news that over 30,000 cardiac arrests a year occur outside of hospital, to which the BHF says survival rates are “worryingly low”.
The charity wants to now “create a nation of lifesavers”, and Laings has pledged support to the charity through the training sessions across the country. Its teams are now “equipped with the skills that could help them save a life”. The jewellers has also taken part in “vital fundraising” for the charity.
Kirsty Owens, training coordinator at Laings, said: “The CPR training received really positive feedback from all of the participants, who found it engaging, highly informative, as well as thought-provoking.
“It’s amazing to think that after attending a one hour training session you could potentially save a life and this is why it was so important to Laings to roll-out this important training.”
James Jopling, head of BHF Scotland, said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear that all the staff at Laings have been given the opportunity to learn CPR.
“Survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Scotland are low, with less than one in twelve people surviving.”
He added: “A cardiac arrest is the ultimate medical emergency and with every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases by around 10 percent.
“A person’s chances of surviving are greatly increased, however, if somebody performs CPR on them. That is why it is important more us know this vital skill and we’d like to thank Laings for playing their part in helping Scotland to build a Nation of Lifesavers.”