Outlook Issue 25 Spring 2018
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Reacting to a cardiac arrest
What do you do if somebody collapses with a suspected cardiac arrest? Is it enough to call an ambulance and wait for help, or is there more you can do to improve a person’s chances of recovery? Paul Cherry (pictured on front cover), one of five First Responders in the Woodbridge area, believes that the first few minutes are vital, and if a cardiac arrest victim is helped quickly their chances improve significantly. ‘If, after opening someone’s airway and checking their breathing for ten seconds, you find that they are not breathing normally, they are considered to be in cardiac arrest and urgently need help,’ he told a church and community audience in St Mary’s Church Centre. ‘Doing the right things quickly can make the difference between life and death.’ Paul was invited to talk at the Centre following the installation of a defibrillator unit, purchased by the Friends of St Mary’s, on the side of the Church Centre. He explained how to access the unit and demonstrated how it could be used in an emergency. He also outlined the importance of CPR (Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation), used in conjunction with a defibrillator. Attendees were able to practice CPR on a dummy which, he said, ‘can appear rigorous, pressing down one-third the depth of the chest 100 times a minute’, in order to be effective. The ideal was for one person to start CPR while another retrieved the nearest defibrillator after calling the emergency services. There are now a number of these units around Woodbridge, and the emergency services will provide an access code of the nearest device once the location of the emergency is known. Paul said that where there was a Community First Response Scheme in operation ambulance service figures show that the heart gets restarted 25% more often. Add to this a nearby defibrillator and the effective use of CPR, and many more people can, potentially, be saved. NC Save our swifts The sound and sight of swifts can still dominate a summer evening’s walk from the Thoroughfare up to the Market Square. We want to keep it that way. Since 2015, the RSPB Woodbridge Swifts Group have been recording swift nest sites and providing nest-boxes for buildings in the town and local villages. Would you like to give a swift a home? Come to an RSPB monthly meeting in the Community Hall and purchase a swift nest-box for £20. Everyone welcome! Find out more about swifts on: https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/woodbridge/news/451164/ Jenny James