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.
Learn more about the Chain of Survival in tomorrows Tip of the Day.
We continue to offer two free tools to help in a medical emergency simply click the images below and you will be taken to a digital version of the tool this can be saved or downloaded for printing. Feel free to print as many as you need and share with family and friends.
Check out the current guidelines below for changes in delivering CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.