Tommy’s recognises the importance of safety within our community. For this reason, we are proud to support our partner Wellington Free Ambulance in their ‘Heartbeat’ program. This is in conjunction with World Restart a Heart day, an annual, global initiative raising awareness of bystander CPR and the procedure of using a defibrillator. The campaign encourages the notion that, “all citizens of the world can save a life!”

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. It is critical to know how to administer CPR, how to use an AED and where your local AEDs may be.

On average, every week within the wider Wellington region, four people experience cardiac arrest. Roughly 1 in 3 cardiac arrests occur in a public place; the ability to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation increases the chances of survival for those affected. Wellington Free Ambulance cites that the best way to increase someone’s chance of surviving is for everyone to know how to provide CPR.

At Tommy’s we strive to support our local community in many ways. In light of this, our salespeople and property managers underwent a training course with our partners Wellington Free Ambulance. This was an interactive session, giving our staff the fundamental skills which could help save a life in the event of an unexpected cardiac arrest. The session covered the processes and steps needed to restart a heart while waiting for the assistance of a trained medical professional.

We encourage you to attend or administer a Wellington Free Ambulance heartbeat training session. These are free of charge and are available to families, children, businesses and communities. This could prepare you, as it has our salespeople, to save the life of a friend, a colleague, or a stranger.

Tommy’s had an exciting training session with Wellington Free Ambulance ensuring our CPR skills were up to scratch to help keep our community and open homes safe!  We want to share the knowledge we learnt, here are the few simple steps that could restart a heart.

Follow this acronym – DRSABCD

 D – DANGERS

Check for dangers to you, the patient and other bystanders. Make sure the area is safe before approaching the patient.
If you feel unsafe to approach the patient, call 111 immediately.

R – RESPONSE

Check the patient for a response by calling out to them, ask them for their name and give their collarbone a rub.
Did the patient move or groan? If not call 111 immediately.

S – SEND FOR HELP

Call for an ambulance or if there are others around you, have someone else make the call.

Call 111 for an ambulance and let them know you have someone who is unresponsive, get the caller to stay with you after he/she has made the call.

A – AIRWAY

Open the airway

Place one hand on the forehead and one on chin and tilt head back

B – BREATHING

Look, Listen, Feel

Place ear over mouth and nose, listen and feel for breath, look at the chest at the same time to see if it rises. If no breathing or ineffective breathing occurs, begin CPR

C – COMPRESSIONS

Place the heel of one hand on the centre of the chest, and lock your second hand on top, arms straight, leaning onto the patient’s chest.
Begin to push hard at the rate of 110-120 compressions per minute for a minimum of two minutes. After two minutes you can change with someone else.

Continue this until you are told to stop by emergency services.

D – DEFIBRILLATION

While one person is doing CPR, someone will grab an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) if available.

Turn it on and follow all prompts.

DO NOT STOP COMPRESSIONS UNTIL THE MACHINE TELLS YOU TO

Every second counts in an emergency so it is best to be prepared.

Stay calm and remember, Call Push Shock

Make a lifesaving difference in our community. Learn CPR, refresh your skills, and save a life. For more information, visit: www.wfa.org.nz/heartbeat.

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