The cast of the hit TV show Rake has joined a campaign to promote CPR, with a short film which aims to teach everyday Australians how to help someone who is having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
The film is the brainchild of Royal Hobart Hospital chief cardiologist Dr Paul MacIntyre who couldn’t find anything showing hands-only CPR and how to use an AED alongside Australian emergency services details.
“Having untrained bystanders able to provide first aid is vital because people in cardiac arrest can die so quickly, Dr MacIntyre said.
“If you give no CPR, for every minute that the patient doesn’t receive CPR there’s a 10 per cent reduction in survival. So in 10 minutes they’re dead.”
“Any attempt at resuscitation is better than no attempt, and that’s what potentially saves lives.”
Having the confidence to use an AED where there’s one available is also critical. “Anyone can use an AED, [the machine] talks you through it,” Dr MacIntyre said.
Defibrillators are increasingly installed in public places, such as schools, sports clubs, shopping centres and public libraries.
Some states, such as South Australia, now have a public register of defibrillators to help you find the nearest one to you.