Franklin marae receive potential life savers
Four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are being installed on marae in Franklin as part of a project to reduce the number of cardiac arrest fatalities among Ma¯ori.
This initiative followed the release of the St John Out-ofHospital Cardiac Arrest Report, which highlighted trends associated with cardiac arrests that occurred outside of hospitals.
It revealed that Ma¯ori were 20 times more likely to suffer a cardiac arrest than other ethnic groups.
St John Northern Region Community programmes manager and paramedic Peter Hoskin, who would be installing the AEDs and providing training, said the visits were an excellent opportunity to establish relationships with marae.
‘‘We want to form ongoing relationships with Franklin iwi to create positive health outcomes for the wider Ma¯ori community,’’ Hoskin said.
The initiative was backed up with training and a ‘3 Steps for Life’ programme, which would teach participants how to perform CPR and use AEDs.
The four AEDs being installed in marae in Franklin followed more than 50 that have been distributed across New Zealand since 2015.
An AED works by safely delivering a short, powerful electric shock to the heart, helping the heart to regain its natural rhythm.
Automatic voice prompts guide the user through the procedure, enabling efficient CPR to be administered in conjunction with AED use.
St John medical director doctor Tony Smith said, in New Zealand, around 1,800 people every year are treated for a cardiac arrest that occurs in the community.
‘‘Survival is largely due to the quick actions of bystanders who initiate CPR and use an AED within the first few minutes,’’ Smith said.
‘‘The more people who know how to do CPR and have access to an AED in the community, the greater the chances of patient survival.
‘‘For every minute without CPR or defibrillation, a patient’s chance of survival falls by 10-15 per cent.’’
The four marae in Franklin receiving AEDs would be Nga¯ Hau E Wha¯ O Pukekohe marae, Wha¯ta¯paka marae, Waiuku, Mangatangi marae, near Mangatawhiri, raeroa marae, Port Waikato.
Peter Hoskin with Jocelyn Moana at Nga¯ Hau E Wha¯ O Pukekohe marae.