4th February 2018
There’s no greater gift than the ‘gift of life’ and that’s exactly what the Wight Strollers take great pride in offering the community.
The Wight Strollers have donated a total of six Public Access Defibrillators (PAD’s) over the past couple of years and now they’ve taken it a step further, proving they are also a group of potential life savers too.
Rehearsal for their newest pantomime, Cinderella (which is showing at Medina Theatre this half term), started slightly differently on Thursday (1st February) with the Cast and Crew turning their efforts off stage to practise CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) with the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service.
A certificate of appreciation was also awarded to the group for their exceptional support of the Isle of Wight NHS Ambulance, Community Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) scheme.
Information about the Wight Strollers pantomime Cinderella can be found at http://www.medinatheatre.co.uk/article/wight-strollers-cinderella-2018-1 and on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WightStrollers/.
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a first aid technique that is needed if someone is unconscious and not breathing normally.
Chest compressions and rescue breaths keep blood and oxygen circulating in the body.
If someone is unresponsive and not breathing normally, call 999 or 112 for an ambulance. Then, if you can, start CPR straight away.
If you have not been trained in CPR or are worried about giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a stranger, you can do chest compression-only (or hands-only) CPR.
To carry out a chest compression:
1. Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone at the centre of the person’s chest. Place your other hand on top of your first hand and interlock your fingers.
2. Position yourself with your shoulders above your hands.
3. Using your body weight (not just your arms); press straight down by 5–6cm on their chest.
4. Repeat this until an ambulance arrives.
Try to perform chest compressions at 100-120 compressions a minute.
For further information contact the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Corporate Communications & Engagement Team on 01983-822099 ext. 6175. Further information about health services can be found at www.iow.nhs.uk or www.nhs.uk