Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) and St John Ambulance use a colour-coded patient triage system. The dispatch of fire brigades to medical emergencies is based on this system. Fire centres must dispatch the closest available fire brigade for purple calls, which are suspected cardiac or respiratory arrest emergencies.
If an ambulance is available, it takes approximately 15 minutes to respond to Lake Okareka. However, for every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation the chances of survival decrease by 7-10%. International survival rates following Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest are highly variable and can range from less than 6% to greater than 50%. The survival rate for 2017/18 in New Zealand was 13%.
New Zealand figures for events where resuscitation attempted:
Alternatively, there is the GoodSAM (Smartphone Activated Medics) application which you can download. The free app allows medically trained people to sign up and respond to suspected cardiac and respiratory arrests occurring within 1km of their location. The app operates in the background and will send an alert to your phone.
There are two automated external defibrillators in the community at 11 Acacia Road and 15 Steep Street, which you can grab on the way to the address. The goal is to get a qualified person to a suspected cardiac arrest as soon as possible – the sooner we start CPR, the better the chances of survival for your family members, friends and neighbours.
GoodSAM Responder App - Apple Store Download
GoodSAM Responder App - Google Play Download