The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest on the street is approximately 8%. In Heathrow Airport it is over 80%. That's because air crew are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and there is a defibrillator at every other gate.
Each minute without CPR following a cardiac arrest, reduces someone's chance of survival by 10%.
We are asking you to help more people in your neighbourhood survive a cardiac arrest by becoming a GoodSAM Cardiac Responder alongside your role as an NHS Volunteer Responder.
GoodSAM works with ambulance services across the UK, alerting people trained in CPR to nearby cardiac arrests while an ambulance is on the way. We have over 100,000 Cardiac Responders who, between them, save many lives each year - and the more we have the more lives we can save.
Our ambition is to have a Cardiac Responder on every street, which is why we are inviting all NHS Volunteer Responders who are trained in CPR, or would like to be, to sign up as GoodSAM Cardiac Responders.
GoodSAM Cardiac Responders are managed by GoodSAM directly. But you will remain an NHS Volunteer Responder, able to accept tasks to fit around your lifestyle as you do now.
Don't worry if this is not for you. You will only be alerted to these medical emergencies if you sign up as a Cardiac Responder.
To be alerted as a trained Cardiac Responder, you will be asked to upload evidence of first aid training such as a valid first aid certificate or workplace ID if CPR training is a condition of your employment, (eg doctor, nurse, police officer, fire fighter). If you haven't been trained or don't have an in-date certificate, you can still register, and we will be in touch with training opportunities shortly. You won't receive Cardiac Responder alerts until you have been trained.
GoodSAM has saved hundreds of lives through earlier CPR and defibrillator use. We hope you can join our fantastic community of Cardiac Responders and help save lives.
You have already applied to the cardiac arrest role.
Royal Voluntary Service is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales number 2520413 and a registered charity number 1015988 (England and Wales) and SC038924 (Scotland). Registered office: Beck Court, Cardiff Gate Business Park, Cardiff, CF23 8RP.