Carl Babe from Fire Service came and gave it to us as it should be. Goodness living is a risky business. Did you know that cardiac arrest is the largest killer of new Zealanders? At 40% of all deaths it is a killer. It is no big secret fatty foods are contributing to our demise.
A lot of people from an early age are starting to develop calcification of heart arteries.
Our hearts are fist sized and it is a four chambered pump.
When we do CPR we have to push hard.
Did you know there are little micro chips in your heart. Well not actually but they are a bit like it.
One little fellow is at the top and there are some other slave units strategically located around the outside of the heart.
The coronary arteries feed to blood to the muscles that drive the heart. Fail of these arteries can lead to the heart attack.
Men have a bad habit of not mentioning heart burn but women will often go and get serious pains seen by a doctor.
The first signs of a heart attack are
Central crushing chest pain.
Pale and sweaty skin.
Sense of doom.
Radiated pain down the arm or jaw.
The first point of survival is identification of the problem. Get to the hospital before the lights go out. If someone hits the ground first tap them on the shoulder to make sure they are not asleep. Some people lying on the ground are asleep.
If need be call 111. If not breathing get going,
We can spend too long looking to see if there is a pulse. No breathing is reason to act.
Remove clothing and neck chains. Be careful to not slide clothes up around neck to cause obstructions.
Interlock your hands and position right above centre of heart mid point between breasts.
Make sure the weight is directly downward.
After two minutes the person doing the CPR gets tired and the rhythm drops off.
Do thirty compressions then one breath.
The purple colour on the lips and fingertips should change to pink if you are doing it correctly. Doing CPR on someone you love is very distressing. But then I guess not doing it and seeing them die is even more distressing.
Sometimes the body / brain will cause the fingers to twitch and slight breathing to begin. This is not sign of them recovering.
Go for as long as you can. When you can not continue any longer stop.
Get the patient flat on the floor before starting.
A lot of people die in motor accidents due to being knocked out and the airway being blocked. Their head back to open air ways.
Ruth was first to have a go. After a few strokes she was breathless