If you saw someone collapse in front of you, would you know what to do? Learning CPR is one of the most valuable skills you can learn. It’s not that hard and it can save a life.
Kane Cornes, footy legend, media personality and (coincidentally) husband of She Shopped founder Lucy Cornes is supporting SA Ambulance Service’s Restart a Heart day on October 16. Two of Kane’s friends are alive today because a bystander, just like you, learned CPR and saved their life.
Video: Watch Kane explain how bystander CPR saved his mate’s lives
Anyone can restart a heart, and as Kane says, it can mean the difference between life and death.
“My mates are alive because people knew how to do bystander CPR and it’s not that hard,” he says.
“One of my mates collapsed in a gym and the other was on a running track. A bystander checked if they were responsive and recognised they were having a cardiac arrest. One was unconscious and the other was making gurgling sounds.
“First, the bystander dialled triple zero, then they started hands only CPR, which involves pushing down hard and fast, about 2 pumps every 2 seconds. In other words, do it to the beat of the song ‘Stayin’ Alive’. Keep going until the ambulance arrives.
Restart a heart with these simple steps
It works and just about anyone can do it.
Kane’s really grateful to the bystanders who saved his mates, which is why he wants everyone to learn how to do CPR and supporting Restart a Heart Day on October 16.
But he also wants you to make sure you have the right equipment at your club or workplace to make sure you’re equipped in case of an emergency.
“My mate in the gym was extra lucky because they had a defibrillator (otherwise known as an AED) onsite. If your sporting club or gym doesn’t have an AED, you should really ask why,” he says.
Every week more than 280 Australian families lose a loved one to sudden cardiac death. That’s 41 people every day.
Here in South Australia, sudden cardiac arrest affects more than 1,800 people each year. This is about five people per day. Only one in 10 of these survive
Learning to restart a heart by hands-only CPR is not that hard. It works. And as Kane knows, the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
“Some people worry they’ll hurt the person if they start CPR, but the chances of survival decrease by 10% for every minute you don’t start CPR,” he says
You can go to the SA Ambulance website to find out more about Restart a Heart Day on October 16 and remember