Farm Guide VIC : 2012-13
82 Farm Safety CPR... the key to Survival What is a cardiac arrest? A cardiac arrest occurs when your heart stops pumping effectively, resulting in a lack of blood and oxygen to your brain and other vital parts of your body. A person in cardiac arrest becomes unconscious and quickly stops breathing. As soon as you recognise this, cardiopulmonary resusci- tation (CPR) is required immediately. The 4 Steps for Life Each year in Victoria more than 4,500 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest -- tragically very few receive lifesaving CPR. If an ambulance is called quickly and CPR is performed before paramedics arrive, the person's chance of survival dramatically increases. Ambulance Victoria has developed a CPR awareness program called 4 Steps for Life, a CPR self educating program that breaks CPR down into 4 simple steps for the ease of remembering. The 4 Steps for Life is an innovative community program with the aim of increasing recognition of cardiac arrest signs and building confdence to perform CPR. The program is free for community clubs and groups with members over 50 years of age -- the age group most at risk of suffering a cardiac arrest. The 4 Steps for Life adopts a CPR Champion approach, whereby a member of a community group orders a group kit and runs through the program with their group or club. There is no expectation that the CPR Champion has any CPR knowledge prior to running the session. The free group kit allows individuals to learn CPR among their friends and family, through watching an instructional 20 minute DVD and practising their technique on 'Pillow Pals'. The kit includes a Champion's Guide; a step by step guide on how to run a session. It also includes question and answer sheets for individuals to take home as well as a fridge magnet to record their personal information. The 4 Steps for Life emphasises that any CPR is better than no CPR and helps build confdence and capacity of individuals to provide lifesaving resuscitation before paramedics arrive, ultimately helping to save a person's life. To date, over 20,000 community groups have registered, resulting in over 850,000 Victorians participating in the 4 Steps for Life. The 4 Steps for Life kits are available in English, Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Mandarin, Turkish, Arabic, Croatian, Macedonian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Learning the 4 Steps for Life could help save someone's life and it could even be the life of a loved one.