3 Steps for Life awareness

To book a free 3 steps for life information course please make sure you've got a group of 10 or more and register your interest with full name and contact information by emailing 3stepsforlife@stjohn.org.nz

If you can secure a venue such as a school, library or other public space in advance that would be an advantage in ensuring timely course delivery.

Nearly 2000 New Zealanders suffer from a cardiac arrest (heart stoppage) outside of hospital each year and most of these happen in their home. This is four times the national road toll and yet it remains a silent disease in terms of public awareness.

Performing CPR and using an AED is easy. By performing CPR and using an AED, you can help save a life.

3 Steps for Life is designed to give all New Zealanders the confidence and awareness to take action when somebody suffers a cardiac arrest by 1) Calling 111; 2) StartingCPR; and3) Using an AED (automated external defibrillator).

Applying CPR and rapid defibrillation can increase a patient’s chances of survival by up to 40%.  But for every minute without CPR or defibrillation, a patient’s chance of survival falls by 10-15%.

St John aims to deliver the free hour-long 3 Steps programme to at least 5,000 people over the next year so if your rugby, netball or hockey team, church group, local marae or any other community groups are keen.

To make a booking please register your interest with full name and contact information by emailing 3stepsforlife@stjohn.org.nz

We know these three easy but vital steps can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

You can also take further steps to help save a life:

•Learn CPR – Contact St John to enrol in First Aid courses: http://www.stjohn.org.nz/First-Aid/First-Aid-Course-Overview/

•Download the St John CPR Mobile App

•Encourage your community group, school, organisation to support the installation of AEDs, which should be registered, and learn CPR. Enrol your primary or intermediate school in the ASB St John in Schools Programme.

•Get involved in a Restart A Heart Day event near you – visit www.restartaheart.co.nz