Training day

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Bluff residents participate in a Heartsafe hands-on training day at the Bluff St John base on Sunday, learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Heartsafe is a community initiative to inform people where the AEDs are located and train people how to use them. Run in conjunction with the Heartsafe Invercargill-Bluff Committee and St John’s ‘‘Three Steps for Life’’ programme, the training day attracted about 20 participants. Organiser Bob Glassey said five people a day suffered a cardiac arrest in New Zealand, and 64% of those had a bystander perform CPR on them. Using an AED could increase survivability to 69% if used prior to an ambulance arriving, he said. For every one minute without CPR or defibrillation a patient’s chance of survival fell by 10-15%. Mr Glassey said the Invercargill and Bluff communities were fortunate local businesses and community groups had purchased several AEDs for the community. ‘‘We currently have over 140 AEDs in key locations… The ILT Foundation provided funding for 76 of them.’’

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