Northern News : April 11th 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Knock, knock, who's there? Phone 09 407 3441 0800 42 45 46 www.gjgardner.co.nz Keridale Lane Large Sections Close to Town Ranui Gardens Low Maintenance -- Walk to Town Wide Choice of House and Land Packages Available *Price indication only, some conditions and regional variation may apply. Brand New Homes from $367k -$464k* LoW dePoSiT fiNANCe oPTioN offiCe 53 Hobson Avenue, Kerikeri. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm GJNHSOLFN0212 Shocking life savers On the money: ASB Bank staff in Kerikeri are trained in the use of their defibrillator. Clockwise from left: Hayley Imms, branch manager Robert Groome, Carolyn Gerrard and Catherine Carr. By MALCOLM McMILLAN THEY are truly shocking. But they re saving lives. Defibrillators deliver a regulated electric shock to restart hearts and are no longer the preserve of ambulances, hospitals and specialists. Modern automatic models can be used without special training and are finding their way into high street busi- nesses and organisations, particularly where there are a lot of people -- such as banks, supermarkets, sports clubs and shopping malls. St John welcomes the trend. Operations team manager Nick Scott says most people have no idea that if someone collapses in front of them in the street, they may be seconds away from a means of saving the person s life. New defibrillators are about the size of a lunchbox with pads that stick to the patient s bare chest, Mr Scott says. They automatically assess whether the heart is in a shockable rhythm. Voice prompts are very simple to follow. Pressing the shock button delivers an elec- tric shock which may very well restart the person s heart and save their life. Privately held defibril- lators can often be deployed before an ambulance arrives. Mr Scott knows of defibril- lators held at about 10 establishments. You may literally be within arm s reach of one and while we all hope we never have to use them, we owe it to each other to know exactly where they are, he says. Defibrillators can be found in a number of outlets apart from hospitals, medical centres, fire stations and ambulances. Kaikohe has one de- fibrillator in the town. St John station manager Shane Schrafft knows of at least seven private machines in Paihia. Kawakawa ambulance officer Wally Lipsham knows of two defibrillators in or near the town. Our real goal is to see one in every marae, he says. Kaitaia s St John station manager Heather Burrows knows of two in the town. Her husband Mike is the station manager at Doubtless Bay and knows of just one. Russell s Vera Warren and her partner Jack Guy are credited with fundraising around $60,000 and securing 26 defibrillators after setting up the Russell Community Medical Trust which has trained 250 people in the use of the machines. We identified where best to place them, she says. The emergency 111 ser- vice points callers to their nearest machine. Practice nurse and Hoki- anga health centre co- ordinator Venus Cherrington says about 12 defibrillators are based in communities in the area. Whirinaki will shortly be our next one we hope, she says. St John s Northland dis- trict operations manager Tony Devanney welcomes the growth in community-based defibrillators. They are proven time and again to be a marvellous life- saving tool. The key is early intervention. We would love to see lots more -- and good signage showing where they are located, he says. There s no doubt in my mind they will one day be as common as fire extinguish- ers. Wouldn t it be great to tap into your smartphone or Nav- man and be told how close you are to one? WHERE ARE THEY? Excluding hospitals, fire stations, ambulances and medical centres, defibrillators are understood to be held in the following places: Kerikeri ASB bank, the Turner Centre, the Community Fitness Centre, The Warehouse in Waipapa, Kerikeri Golf Club, Kerikeri Masonic Lodge, Proctor sports ground, the Rugby Club rooms, New World supermarket Matauri Bay Kauri Cliffs Golf Course Kaikohe Top Energy offices Paihia Countdown supermarket, Ex- Servicemen's Club, Waitangi Golf Course, Waitangi National Trust, 35 Degrees South restaurant and the ASB bank Kaitaia Tai Tokerau PHO office and the Aniwaniwa swimming pool complex Kawakawa Trainspotter Cafe and the Waikare Marae Russell Twenty-six machines strategically placed from the town centre out to outlying bays and including the police vehicle, Russell Pharmacy, Russell Marine Radio and three 'roving' machines in trustees' cars. Phoning 111 identifies the nearest defibrillator to callers Hokianga Twelve machines strategically placed on marae, educational establishments and rural towns both north and south of the harbour. Phoning 111 identifies the nearest defibrillator.
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