…..depends heavily upon the rescuer’s response to the situation in order to activate the following links in the chain.
2. Early Access: The quicker we get access to the emergency services the quicker help will arrive.
3. Early CPR: Prompt and effective delivery of CPR is an essential part of the chain. Oxygenated blood needs to be circulated around the body. If the heart has stopped then manual chest compressions will take over the job of the heart and act as the pump.
4. Early Defibrillation: The quicker you can get access to an AED (automated external defibrillator) the chances of a person’s survival from sudden cardiac arrest become significantly higher.
5. Early Advanced Care: The 5th link in the chain involves the arrival of the emergency services. Once at the scene ambulance officers will administer help and treatment through the application of advanced skills and equipment.
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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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