A NETFLIX star has participated in an educational video to help save lives.
Connor Swindells, best known for his role on the hit TV show Sex Education, has teamed up with Resuscitation Council UK as part of their Restart a Heart campaign to help raise awareness of CPR.
In the video, the 26-year-old confidently explains how to perform the life-saving technique on a type of life-like doll known as a mannequin.
In the two-minute film, the actor, from Sussex, said: “When the UK Resuscitation Council needed a big name to teach CPR to the public, I said absolutely.
“I can’t work with just any mannequin. Something to relate to, but handsome, adorable but tough. A mannequin you’d want to save.”
The dummy will tour schools, community groups and workplaces across the UK in a bid to increase Britain’s capacity and confidence to perform life-saving CPR.
His latest charge comes after research found that 74% of people have learned CPR, but only 44% feel safe doing it if someone is in cardiac arrest.
Dr James Cant, CEO of Resuscitation Council UK, said: “Connor’s involvement in our campaign will help spread awareness of how easy it is to learn CPR.
“The survey results are encouraging in that there are a large number of people in the UK who know how to perform CPR, which can help save the life of someone in cardiac arrest.
“But there is also a way to go to get more people involved and feel confident that they can make a difference if needed.
“We want people to have self-confidence and the belief that, in a time of need, they can act to help save someone’s life.”
The research, carried out by OnePoll on behalf of the Resuscitation Council UK, found that CPR was the most widely taught technique that people had learned in first aid courses.
But it only ranked fifth on the list of skills adults felt most confident doing, behind dressing a wound, treating a burn, stopping excessive bleeding and treating a sprain.
Those who did not want to learn CPR said it was due to the belief that they would not react well in an emergency situation (23 percent) and that they would not want to put their mouth on another stranger (17 percent).
It also emerged that 46 percent had previously administered CPR or knew of someone who had.
“CPR is easy to learn, but as we can see, a lot of people don’t have the confidence or are afraid of doing it wrong,” said Dr. Cant.
“Everyone should watch this short film and learn CPR – it takes less than two minutes.
“If they are reluctant or unable to do rescue breaths, hands-only CPR will still give the person the same opportunity.
“Have the confidence to step in and try: you can’t make things worse, instead you could bring someone’s heart back to life.”