St John CPR app ac­ces­si­ble in a heart­beat

Central Leader - - HEALTH& WELL-BEING -

Ev­ery day more than nine New Zealan­ders suf­fer a car­diac ar­rest but only 10 per cent of these people will sur­vive.

CPR, or car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion, pumps oxy­gen-rich blood from the lungs to the rest of the body and brain, and can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

St John wants ev­ery­one to have im­me­di­ate ac­cess to these fun­da­men­tal life­sav­ing skills with their new CPR app which is avail­able for iPhone, An­droid and Win­dows Phone hand­sets.

‘‘CPR is sim­ple to do but in the heat of the mo­ment it’s easy for your mind to go blank and that’s where this app will be a vi­tal prompt and guide,’’ St John med­i­cal di­rec­tor, Tony Smith says.

The sim­ple, user­friendly in­struc­tions make the app easy to fol­low with in­no­va­tive fea­tures such as beep­ing and vi­brat­ing ‘CPR Tim­ing As­sist’ to help with con­sis­tent chest com­pres­sions and in­struc­tions can even be spo­ken aloud from a Win­dows phone.

Other op­tions in­clude Adult, Child and In­fant CPR tu­to­ri­als and the abil­ity to set up your own emer­gency ser­vices phone num­ber (use­ful when trav­el­ling over­seas).

St John is the leading provider of first aid train­ing in New Zealand and pro­vides am­bu­lance ser­vices to 90% of the pop­u­la­tion. Who bet­ter to pro­vide a life-sav­ing app that can be ac­cessed from the palm of your hand?

This in­no­va­tive and life­sav­ing app is avail­able FREE from the iTunes store, Google Play or Win­dows­Phone.com.

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