Aimee Morison, of St John (left), shows Wanaka resident
Emma Davies how to perform CPR in Dunedin's Octagon at
lunchtime yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A flash mob with a serious message surprised shoppers and
cruise-ship passengers in the Octagon at midday yesterday.
St John organised the flash mob to raise awareness of CPR
About 20 St John first-aid tutors gathered around manikins
and demonstrated CPR techniques before involving members of
St John national PTE (private training establishment) and
NZQA manager Shirley Kerr, of Dunedin, said the event was the
first of its kind and hugely successful.
''We had excellent feedback from people, who were quite
amazed at just how easy it was to do CPR, and how much it had
changed over the years. It was incredibly successful in
raising awareness of the importance of knowing first aid.''
Christmas was a stressful time of year for some, and
inevitably there were instances of people collapsing, Mrs
St John wanted to remind members of the public CPR was easy
and anyone could do it, she said.
''It gives patients a much higher chance of survival. Anyone
can do it at any time - they just have to remember '30 to two
no matter who' - 30 compressions to every two breaths whether
on an adult, child or baby.''