The annual Restart A Heart campaign aims to raise awareness of cardiac arrest and increase the number of people trained in CPR. This year, Resuscitation Council UK introduced Dani the Defib, a fun animation with a serious message to encourage the public to step in and save a life.
The Restart A Heart initiative is led by Resuscitation Council UK, in partnership with charitable organisations, UK ambulance services and universities. The campaign runs for a month, with numerous events, both in person and online, taking place across the UK in schools, communities and workplaces. This year, the campaign actively promoted the use of public access defibrillators and highlighting health inequality around access.
Equal access to defibs
Early defibrillation within 3–5 min of collapse can increase survival rates by as high as 50-70 per cent, yet research shows access to this lifesaving device is lacking in many deprived areas of the UK, where there is a high incidence of cardiac arrest and low defibrillator provision.
Resuscitation Council UK is urging everyone looking after a defib – such as those in charge of pubs, sports clubs, community centres, mosques, churches and village halls – to make it widely accessible to the public. If the device is inside a building, this may mean having an out-of-hours plan for it, so it’s also available to the community. This will give a person suffering a cardiac arrest the best chance of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest.
Recent data shows that over half (61 per cent) of people say they aren’t confident enough to use a defibrillator, but Resuscitation Council UK is looking to change that through the creation of Defib Dani.
A new simple and engaging 80 second animation, that aims to give people the confidence to use this life saving device during the ultimate medical emergency – a cardiac arrest.
Resuscitation Council UK wants to get the UK defib confident, to increase survival rates. The animation is an informative cartoon starring Defib Dani – a green talking defib, who clearly demonstrates how simple it is to use one.
Set in a supermarket scenario, Defib Dani calmly guides viewers through the simple steps of using a defib, emphasising that no prior training is needed, a fact that 40 per cent of people were unaware of. The device’s clear instructions ensure anyone can step in and help save a life.
The animation caters to all age groups and highlights the importance of quick action during a cardiac emergency, empowering everyone to be a potential lifesaver.
The video also encourages anyone who is looking after a defib, to register their device on The Circuit – the national defibrillator network that ensures ambulance services can immediately direct bystanders to their nearest defibrillator, helping to save valuable time.
Get involved in Restart A Heart 2024
Ambulance services across the UK hold events both in-person and online, including livestreams and training sessions held via video conferencing apps. Independent events are welcomed, and a Training Provider Pack for use as a guide to running an event is available from our website to help support.