Life saved as aid training 'kicks in'

AMANDA PARKINSON
Last updated 05:00 24/09/2013
Sue Scott
ROBYN EDIE/Fairfax NZ

LIFESAVER: Invercargill Bridge club secretary Sue Scott with the club’s defibrillator, which she used to save a man's life.

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When a fellow bridge player started having chest pains, Invercargill woman Sue Scott's first aid training "kicked in" and she reached for the club's defibril lator.

Ms Scott, who is the Invercargill Bridge Club secretary, said she was playing in a bridge competition eight days ago when another player started having chest pains 10 minutes into the competition.

As she had received first aid training through her work, she reached for the club's defibrillator.

"You never think you are going to need the first aid training, but it all just kicked in and I just did what I had to," she said.

She was unnerved in the moment but the next day the enormity of the reality set in.

"I was not nervous until the next day, I thought 'oh my goodness' - it hit home."

The man was believed to have recovered from the incident, she said.

"The last I heard, his heart is OK," she said.

"It was just great that we had the defibrillator there; it saved his life."

Since the Invercargill Licensing Trust Foundation invested $1 million to provide 70 community organisations with defibrillators, six lives have been saved.

The units are designed to be easy to operate.

St John South Island business development manager Seema Bhavan said the "Heart-Start" defibrillator was specifically designed for anyone to use, but training was recommended.

"St John ... offers comprehensive defibrillator training, including practising with a mannequin as part of the whole CPR process," she said.

St John has trained 604 people in Southland to use the defibrillator in the past three years. Of those, 599 were in Invercargill. The rest were in Gore.

"St John is proud to work with ILT on this fantastic initiative in the community, projects like this do make a difference to the health and wellbeing of the community," Ms Bhavan said.

"Each year, over 1000 people in New Zealand will suffer cardiac arrest outside of hospital. Many of these people have no warning signs and fewer than 5 to 8 per cent survive.

"Following a cardiac arrest, survival depends on fast reactions," she said.

"Having a defibrillator can increase the chance of survival by 40 per cent," she said.

INVERCARGILL DEFIBRILLATOR LOCATIONS
Airport
Appleby Tavern
Ascot Tavern
Badminton Hall
Balmoral Lodge Motel
BP Service Station
Briscoes
Calvary Hospital
Cardiac Club of Southland
Centrepoint Liquorland
Cheeky Llama Café
Civic Theatre
Clifton Club Inn
Collingwood Super Liquor
Countdown Supermarket
East End Bottlestore
Eastern Suburbs Tavern
Georgetown Bowling Club
Grasmere Grocery Store
Green Acres Country Club
Homestead Cobb & Co
Invercargill After Hours Doctor
Invercargill Contract Bridge Club
Invercargill City Council
Invercargill Golf Club
James Hargest College (senior campus)
Kelvin Hotel
Makarewa Squash Club
Mitre 10 Mega Centre
Murihiku Marae
Murihiku Maori Wardens
Museum / Art Gallery
New World Windsor
Newfield Tavern
Nga Hau E Wha Southland Society
Northern Tavern
NZ Fire Service
Order of St John
Otatara Bowling Club
Pak N Save
Public Library
Queens Park Golf Club
Reading Movie Theatre
Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind
Rugby Southland
Southern Institute of Technology
South Centre Anglican Care
Southland Boy's High School
Southland Education (WEA building)
Southland Golf Club
Southland Indoor Bowls Club
Southland Table Tennis (Hall)
Southland Tavern
Southland YMCA Recreation Ltd
Splash Palace
Squash City Invercargill
Stadium/ Velodrome/ Gym
Stewart Island Experience
The Kiln
The Warehouse
United Video
Waihopai Bowling Club
Waikiwi Tavern
Waverley Bowling club
Waxy O'Shea's
Windsor Bottle Store
Woolworths Waikiwi

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Airport
Appleby Tavern
Ascot Tavern
Badminton Hall
Balmoral Lodge Motel
BP Service Station
Briscoes
Calvary Hospital
Cardiac Club of Southland
Centrepoint Liquorland
Cheeky Llama Café
Civic Theatre
Clifton Club Inn
Collingwood Super Liquor
Countdown Supermarket
East End Bottlestore
Eastern Suburbs Tavern
Georgetown Bowling Club
Grasmere Grocery Store
Green Acres Country Club
Homestead Cobb & Co
Invercargill After Hours Doctor
Invercargill Contract Bridge Club
Invercargill City Council
Invercargill Golf Club
James Hargest College (senior campus)
Kelvin Hotel
Makarewa Squash Club
Mitre 10 Mega Centre
Murihiku Marae
Murihiku Maori Wardens
Museum / Art Gallery
New World Windsor
Newfield Tavern
Nga Hau E Wha Southland Society
Northern Tavern
NZ Fire Service
Order of St John
Otatara Bowling Club
Pak N Save
Public Library
Queens Park Golf Club
Reading Movie Theatre
Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind
Rugby Southland
Southern Institute of Technology
South Centre Anglican Care
Southland Boy's High School
Southland Education (WEA building)
Southland Golf Club
Southland Indoor Bowls Club
Southland Table Tennis (Hall)
Southland Tavern
Southland YMCA Recreation Ltd
Splash Palace
Squash City Invercargill
Stadium/ Velodrome/ Gym
Stewart Island Experience
The Kiln
The Warehouse
United Video
Waihopai Bowling Club
Waikiwi Tavern
Waverley Bowling club
Waxy O'Shea's
Windsor Bottle Store
Woolworths Waikiwi

- © Fairfax NZ News

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