…..The ambulance service is on its way, the person is stable, breathing normally but still showing no signs of responding.
Ask one of the bystanders to go to the park’s small entrance to indicate to the ambulance crew where the emergency is. It may save time in their arrival and in some cases, make a difference to a person’s survival. Much time can be wasted especially at night where locations are not found easily.
Consider the handover process to the ambulance crew. What useful information can be provided. Offer details (if known) of the person’s name, age, date of birth, address, contact numbers, the name of a relative, partner or friend. Other information that may be collected includes any pre-existing health conditions (e.g. he is a known diabetic), medications they may be taking.
Offer a history of events that lead up to the arrival of the ambulance. In this instance, the handover may go something like this:
“Hi there, this person was found by these people face down on the ground. When I arrived, he did not respond. I turned them over and found he was breathing. I then placed them on their side. There were no details as to their identity found”. The ambulance crew will record the information provided.
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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