We are currently in the middle of Water Safety Month here in New Zealand (October 16th to November 18th, 2020). In recognition of the importance of CPR and First Aid related to water safety, October 30th is CPR And First Aid Awareness Day!
October 16th was World Restart a Heart Day, recognising 60 years the original paper described CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) was published. The way we do CPR has changed a bit since then, but what remains the importance of learning CPR and First Aid. When it comes to being around the water, early CPR and First Aid intervention can be a crucial part of the response to drownings and water-related accidents. Through early CPR, we are able to support the delivery of oxygen to the brain and other vital organs of the body until professional help arrives.
So, if you spend any time in, on or around the water, you should be trained in CPR and First Aid!
In keeping with the day, this episode of Diversity in Aquatics looks at the relation ship between Water Safety and CPR First Aid. I am fortunate to be joined by Jonathon Webber (University of Auckland), James Lea and Tom Kearney (Drowning Prevention Auckland). All three have considerable experience in both the water safety/aquatics and CPR/First Aid realms. I feel fortunate to have participated in the discussion, and thankful that I can share it with a wider audience.