Still not sure what defibrillation actually is and whether you should attempt it if you come across someone in cardiac arrest? The article below by Pacific Medical Training might help you - read it in full HERE or a segment of it below. A defibrillator is a device that sends electrical energy, or shock, to the heart. The aim of using a … [Read more...] about Types of Defibrillators
Photo: Bob Harper - Twitter The Biggest Loser's Bob Harper has spoken about his sudden cardiac arrest, saying, “I was in full cardiac arrest. My heart stopped. Not to be dramatic, but I was dead. I was on that ground dead.” “I don’t remember that day at all,” he told People magazine. “I was told I went to the gym as I always do. It was Sunday … [Read more...] about The Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper talks about his sudden cardiac arrest
When we approached comedian Paul Ego about helping us to create short videos that would share the message about AEDs, cardiac arrest and CPR, he immediately said yes - his wife suffered a cardiac arrest when she was just 30 and her life was saved with the use of an AED and CPR, so he knew the importance of sharing this knowledge. If his … [Read more...] about Paul Ego’s AED saves a life DAYS after installation!
Hats off to Dot Curry who recognised the symptoms in her friend and ignored his "She'll be right" attitude, whisking him off to hospital where he was diagnosed with a heart attack, leading into sudden cardiac arrest. Read the full story here. Good work, Dot!! … [Read more...] about Would you be able to spot a heart attack?
Spare car keys, first aid training, writing a will: all things you keep meaning to do "just in case" but don't get around to... The Reporoa Squash Club will be pleased they ticked one thing off their list with learning CPR: it saved the life of one of their members. "He was blue, unresponsive and basically dead," club president Treena … [Read more...] about You think it couldn’t happen to you…
This is a very sobering article - and one we should take heed of. It's not a NZ article so the stats aren't specific to NZ, but we see this sort of thing happen all the time. People are so scared to do anything in an emergency that they do nothing once they've rung the ambulance. The article says, "Nearly six out of every 10 deaths from injury … [Read more...] about 6/10 deaths could be prevented with basic first aid