St Johns installs heart starters

TRAINING TO HELP: Whangara Marae is one of the 10 isolated marae to get automated external defibrillators (AEDs) from St John. Training on how to use the life-saving equipment was held at Whangara School. Students King Maxwell (left), Cleveland Thompson (with mannikin), Jordan Jones and Mourei Maniapoto-Love (rear right) are with St John Maori adviser Stephen Dennett (right) and at back are St John’s Louise Schroder with marae representative Ngati Konohi Mahora Edwards. Picture by Liam Clayton

TEN isolated marae on the East Coast will receive Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) from St John this week, to reduce the number of Maori cardiac arrest fatalities.

The initiative follows the release of St John’s annual Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest report, which highlights trends associated with cardiac arrests that happen outside of a hospital environment.

St John’s director of community health services Sarah Manley said findings from the report show Maori are disproportionately represented in cardiac arrest statistics and are 20 times more likely to suffer a cardiac arrest than other ethnic groups.

“Installing these AEDs is part of a broader focus we are putting on the East Coast to improve community health outcomes. As part of this project we’ve worked with Ngati Porou Hauora and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou to identify marae that are in most need of AEDs on site,” Ms Manley said.

The initiative is backed up with training and a Three Steps for Life programme, which teaches participants how to perform CPR and use AEDs.

The 10 AEDs will be installed in marae from Whangara up to Te Araroa including marae in Waipiro Bay, Ruatoria and Rangitukia, and follow 28 that have already been distributed across the country since 2015.

St John’s medical director Dr Tony Smith said around 1,800 people every year are treated for cardiac arrest and survival is largely thanks to the quick actions of bystanders who initiate CPR and use an AED within the first few minutes.

“The more people who know how to do CPR and have access to an AED in the community, the greater the chances of patient survival are. For every minute without CPR or defibrillation, a patient’s chance of survival falls by 10-15 per cent,” Dr Smith said.

  • Marae to receive AEDs this week include Whangara Marae, Whangara; Hinetamatea Marae, Anaura Bay; Iritekura Marae,Waipiro Bay; Whareponga Marae, Whareponga; Te Horo Marae, Ruatoria; Reporua Marae, Reporua; Ruatauparae Marae, Tuparoa; Hinepare Marae, Rangitukia; Awatere Marae, Te Araroa; and Matahi Marae, Te Araroa.

TEN isolated marae on the East Coast will receive Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) from St John this week, to reduce the number of Maori cardiac arrest fatalities.

The initiative follows the release of St John’s annual Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest report, which highlights trends associated with cardiac arrests that happen outside of a hospital environment.

St John’s director of community health services Sarah Manley said findings from the report show Maori are disproportionately represented in cardiac arrest statistics and are 20 times more likely to suffer a cardiac arrest than other ethnic groups.

“Installing these AEDs is part of a broader focus we are putting on the East Coast to improve community health outcomes. As part of this project we’ve worked with Ngati Porou Hauora and Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou to identify marae that are in most need of AEDs on site,” Ms Manley said.

The initiative is backed up with training and a Three Steps for Life programme, which teaches participants how to perform CPR and use AEDs.

The 10 AEDs will be installed in marae from Whangara up to Te Araroa including marae in Waipiro Bay, Ruatoria and Rangitukia, and follow 28 that have already been distributed across the country since 2015.

St John’s medical director Dr Tony Smith said around 1,800 people every year are treated for cardiac arrest and survival is largely thanks to the quick actions of bystanders who initiate CPR and use an AED within the first few minutes.

“The more people who know how to do CPR and have access to an AED in the community, the greater the chances of patient survival are. For every minute without CPR or defibrillation, a patient’s chance of survival falls by 10-15 per cent,” Dr Smith said.

  • Marae to receive AEDs this week include Whangara Marae, Whangara; Hinetamatea Marae, Anaura Bay; Iritekura Marae,Waipiro Bay; Whareponga Marae, Whareponga; Te Horo Marae, Ruatoria; Reporua Marae, Reporua; Ruatauparae Marae, Tuparoa; Hinepare Marae, Rangitukia; Awatere Marae, Te Araroa; and Matahi Marae, Te Araroa.

How does an AED work?

AEDs work by safely delivering a short, powerful electric shock to the heart, helping it regain its natural rhythm.

Automatic voice prompts guide the user through the procedure, enabling efficient CPR to be administered in conjunction with AED use.

The locations of AEDs around the country are registered at www.aedlocations.co.nz, where you can search via an online map to see where your nearest AED is.

A further 37 AEDs will be installed in marae across the country in the coming months.

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