Learn CPR. Save a life.
Restart a Heart Day is a global initiative to raise awareness and education of CPR and AED's in the community.
This year New Zealand is participating in the day, making Wellington the very first city in the world to get Restart a Heart Day events underway.
Wellington Free Ambulance will be taking part by holding live CPR demonstrations in both central Wellington and the Wairarapa.
The live demos involve a mock patient going into cardiac arrest; with a bystander calling 111 and doing CPR until the Fire Service arrives. The Fire Service will take over CPR closely followed by Wellington Free paramedics who will take over treatment and transport.
There will be running commentary on a loud speaker so passers-by understand what’s happening. Wellington Free staff will be on site running a sausage sizzle and having lots of conversations with the public to offer information and advice on learning CPR.
This day complements Wellington Free’s successful Lloyd Morrison Foundation Heartbeat programme, an ongoing CPR education service provided free to the public thanks to funding from the Foundation.
“Each week on average four people suffer cardiac arrest somewhere in our region, and their best chance of survival comes when someone nearby immediately calls 111 and starts CPR. The more people trained and confident in CPR, the more people we can save,” says Wellington Free medical director Dr Andy Swain.
Restart a Heart Day takes place along with the Resuscitation Academy’s conference in Seattle this week, where medical specialists from around the world are meeting to discover best practice models. Dr Andy Swain is attending the conference and is excited to bring back to Wellington the latest approaches to improving cardiac arrest survival rates for the region.
“It will be great to present these resuscitation statistics and benchmark our performance against others in high-performance CPR.”
Wellington Free, in association with the Global Resuscitation Alliance (GRA) has a goal of increasing survival from cardiac arrest from 10% to 45% in the next five years.