Franklin marae re­ceive po­ten­tial life savers

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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.

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Peter Hoskin with Jo­ce­lyn Moana at Nga¯ Hau E Wha¯ O Pukekohe marae.

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