“Early defibrillation combined with CPR can improve survival rates to as high as 74% when defibrillation is provided within three minutes of collapse. For every minute that is wasted, the chance of survival decreases 7-10%.” [Quremed]
On 17 May 2016, Tawa Rotarians and guests from Tawa Lions were provided with training on CPR and using a defibrillator . Training was provided by Wellington Free Ambulance with support from the Tawa Fire Service.
Advice received from Wellington Free Ambulance that you can save a life. Each week, 3 Wellingtonians fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest. It can happen to anyone at any time, without any known heart disease or other risk factors. Remember your DRSABCDs * see table. Download the free AED Locations app from iTunes or Google play.
Pictured left - Rotary Exchange student, Helena putting into practice the instruction we all received on steps to applying CPR while the 111-call is made to get help from emergency services.
|D||Danger||Check the area for dangers|
|R||Response||Check for a response|
Send for help (111)
Check for breathing (listen, look, feel)
Start CPR (chest compressions)
Apply defibrillator if available.