…..the chain, PREVENTION. Educating people about healthy eating, exercise, and developing a healthy balanced lifestyle, thereby avoiding diseases and illness and so reducing cardiac arrest instances.
Whichever version of the Chain of Survival a country adopts its ambition is the same: saving a life. The links in the chain need to work quickly and effectively to achieve a positive outcome. As we know, the commencement of CPR buys a person time by keeping the cells and tissues oxygenated until a defibrillator’s arrival. Time lost is critical to achieving the desired positive outcome. The equation is simple: increasing the number of New Zealanders surviving cardiac arrest requires more people to learn how to perform quality CPR and faster access to defibrillators. Achieving this will go a long way to seeing our survival rates improve in New Zealand and prevent the possible early loss of so many hearts and minds that currently leave us unnecessarily.
Tomorrow we will continue to learn more about the chain of survival…..
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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