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In an emergency, would you know what to do?

By Konrad 22 Sep 2023

Lifesaver is an interactive game where you learn CPR and find out what it’s like to be a saviour in an emergency. 

Available on your browser or as an iPhone and Android app, Lifesaver is a cutting-edge way to learn lifesaving skills anytime, anywhere. Through four action-packed scenarios, you’ll be thrown into the heart of the action as you make the crucial decisions and learn the essential skills needed to save a life.

The scenarios work together to cover the first three steps of the chain of survival: calling an ambulance, performing CPR, and using a defibrillator. They also highlight what to do when someone is choking, and how to put someone in the recovery position.

Playing Lifesaver is your opportunity to learn what an emergency looks like and how you should respond to it. By learning essential CPR skills, you have the power to help increase the number of people who could survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK.  

New for 2023: We’ve teamed up with GoodSAM to take your friendly neighbourhood watch to the next level. Now, when you complete all 4 scenarios of Lifesaver, you can sign up to be a GoodSAM volunteer cardiac responder. We want to increase survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests across the UK and by signing up to GoodSAM, you can help make it happen.  

How Lifesaver was developed 

Lifesaver is a collaboration between Resuscitation Council UK and award-winning production company UNIT9. In the four scenarios, evidence-based guidance on CPR and first aid education are brought to life by BAFTA winner Martin Percy (writer/director) and a cast which includes Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley. 

Lifesaver first launched in 2013, with updates released in 2017 and 2020. The innovative Lifesaver VRexperience arrived in September 2017 and was expanded in 2020 for use with CPR training manikins. e-Lifesaver, a SCORM-compliant e-learning tool for the workplace, launched in April 2020.  

Lifesaver has since been used as a training tool across the country, and was included in the Wellcome Collection’s 2018 exhibition ‘Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?’  

In 2023, Resuscitation Council UK partnered with GoodSAM to train and alert the public to provide lifesaving resuscitation to neighbours in cardiac arrest through their free Lifesaver training tools. Individuals can now sign up to be a GoodSAM Cardiac Responder once they have completed all 4 Lifesaver scenarios. 

“Our partnership with GoodSAM is a game-changer. Previously, only those who had first aid training could sign up to be a cardiac responder, but now anyone can do it, once they have received training via Lifesaver – which is free. Our aim is to increase bystander CPR, so we can continue to see survival rates rise.”  
Andrew Lockey MBE, President at Resuscitation Council UK


  • E-Learning Awards 2013: Lifesaver won four gold and one silver award at the E-Learning Awards 2013, the first quadruple gold win. 
  • BAFTA Awards: Nomination 2013 & 2017
  • The Webby Awards: People's voice winner. 
  • IPA Best of Health Awards: Digital Media GOLD, Digital Media Best of Show 


  • A study was conducted by Dr Joyce Yeung, et al. to compare the effect of Lifesaver training only, face-to-face (F2F) training only, and a combination of Lifesaver and F2F training. Read the results published in journal "Resuscitation"
  • Read Dr Jasmeet Soar’s “Lifesaver app teaches CPR by throwing you into the action: Crisis simulator fuses interactivity with live-action film to show you how to respond to heart attacks and choking”, published in journal “Resuscitation”. 
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Every heart needs GoodSAM neighbours

We’ve teamed up with GoodSAM to take your friendly neighbourhood watch to the next level. Now, when you complete all 4 scenarios of Lifesaver, you can sign up to be a GoodSAM volunteer cardiac arrest responder and help to save lives in your community.

This text was taken from the official Resuscitation Council UK website. For more details, please check the original post here.