Waihi marae gets an AED life­saver

Waihi Leader - - News -

The Waihi Com­mu­nity Marae is one of eight eight marae across the Hau­raki-Coro­man­del District that have been given life­sav­ing au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tors by St John to re­duce car­diac ar­rest fa­tal­i­ties among Ma¯ori.

The project has been made pos­si­ble through grant fund­ing from One Foun­da­tion.

St John ambulance of­fi­cer and vol­un­teer Jackie Thorne, who is spear­head­ing the ini­tia­tive, was in­spired by St John’s Na­tional Marae Out-of-Hospi­tal Car­diac Ar­rest (OHCA) project which was launched in 2015, in re­sponse to data from its an­nual OHCA Registry.

It found that Ma¯ori have both the high­est rates of car­diac ar­rest and the low­est sur­vival rates com­pared with other eth­nic groups.

Data from the newly re­leased OHCA Registry 2017/18 shows that Ma¯ori con­tinue to have a dis­pro­por­tion­ately higher in­ci­dence of car­diac ar­rest com­pared with other eth­nic­i­ties.

“St John has gone to great lengths to in­stall AEDs in marae around the coun­try and de­liver the ‘3 Steps for Life’ pro­gramme, which teaches peo­ple how to per­form CPR and use AEDs. When you look at the map of AEDs in the North Is­land, you’ll no­tice that there aren’t many in this area.

“See­ing Ma¯ori are at high risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar prob­lems, in­creas­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity to AEDs will give our lo­cals the means to help save a life in the event of a cri­sis,” says Thorne.

“We wanted to part­ner with other ser­vices in the com­mu­nity to reach more Ki­wis and achieve bet­ter health out­comes, so One Foun­da­tion stepped in to fund the AEDs. We are

in­stalling them and teach­ing ‘3 Steps for Life’ and Te Korowai Hauora o Hau­raki has come on board to give free health checks at each marae.”

St John Right Care Ad­vi­sor Hauora Ma¯ori, Michelle Brett, says the or­gan­i­sa­tion is con­tin­u­ously striv­ing to im­prove New Zealand’s car­diac ar­rest sur­vival rate.

“Our stud­ies show that out­comes from OHCA are dra­mat­i­cally im­proved when a pa­tient re­ceives early CPR and de­fib­ril­la­tion. We know that the more by-standers who know how to do CPR and have ac­cess to an AED in the com­mu­nity, the greater the chances of pa­tient sur­vival.”

“Some marae are very ru­ral and we know it can take some time for an ambulance to ar­rive, there­fore it’s cru­cial that AEDs and CPR train­ing is de­liv­ered in this area,” says Michelle.

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St John has given the Paeahi Komiti Marae a life­sav­ing au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor.

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Learn­ing to do CPR and de­liver the ‘3 Steps for Life’ pro­gramme is some­thing every­one should know.

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