And the small(er) donations matter too

July 26th, 2011 at 5:29 pm by Jadis

The 3rd of July seemed like any other Sunday for a collection of social league players.  That was the case right up to the end of half-time when, while walking back to his position in defence, ‘Big Dave’ (otherwise known as Fabio) collapsed to the ground.  He had a massive right there on the field.

He was lucky.  He had his own teammates and opposition players who had some idea of how to do CPR and mouth-to-mouth (or the big “man-kiss” as Dave likes to call it).  He also had a nurse on the sideline, a Dr walking his dog, and ambulance who responded in time to shock Dave’s heart back into some semblance of a rhythm.  He has since had a quadruple by-pass… not quite what you expect at 39.

As a way to say ‘thank you’ to all those people who played a part Dave’s team is putting together a fundraiser to coincide with the re-match of the game that was never completed (despite Dave believing it really should have been).  The team has a lot of community support so it will be a family fun day (bouncy castles, face painting etc) and the opportunity to watch some decidedly average football – from a covered stand.

  • From 10.30am, Sunday 31 July at Porritt Stadium and Wanderers Clubrooms, Hamilton. Kickoff at 11am

‘Big Dave’ is not the sort of guy you’d expect to have a heart attack.  He is called ‘Big Dave’ because of his height, not his weight.  He is a fit specimen of a man – thus the secondary nickname of ‘Fabio’. Dave and the team want this Sunday to be an opportunity to raise a bit of money for St John and to also highlight the importance of us all having some knowledge of CPR and first aid skills.

The game is in Hamilton.  If you can’t make it I am sure that St John’s would be happy to receive a donation from you.  St John provide a huge range of services to the New Zealand community and they have recently been recognised as being New Zealand’s most trusted brand.  If you don’t know CPR or your skills are a little rusty then look up the location for a training course on their site.

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8 Responses to “And the small(er) donations matter too”

  1. gravedodger (1,528 comments) says:

    I have long held a belief that CPR with or without “breathing” should be a life skill for all.
    All the “Daves” in NZ and there are many, owe their saving to “Prompt” application of CPR that keeps the heart muscle energised and oxygenated with blood flow so a timely application of the defibrillator has a greater chance of success.
    Good quality chest compressions alone can maintain a degree of oxygenation and current protocols emphasise continuous compressions as the priority. Often the hesitation over the clear risks with exposure to disease and hygiene that too often cause a delay in starting CPR can have a reducing chance of success.
    A cessation of compressions for a few seconds requires onset for around 15 compressions to restore the status.
    CPR is simple and it is rare that no one is able to “jump on a chest” and go to work and if there is more than one of you team tag it as even the best trained professionals find under monitoring their performance starts to lower after a few minutes. So start early and keep going.

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  2. Repton (769 comments) says:

    I have read that chest compressions only are actually better than compressions plus mouth-to-mouth (in the case of amateurs, at least).

    Also, apparently the Bee Gees song _Stayin’ Alive_ has a near-perfect tempo for it :-)

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  3. Grendel (972 comments) says:

    i was at a seminar recently and they updated the song from Staying alive to something more ‘modern’, But its “another one bites the dust by queen”, which while a better song is a bit less situation appropriate :)

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  4. gravedodger (1,528 comments) says:

    Grendel @ 9 09, about as appropriate as my Cellphone with the Hallelujah Chorus as a ring tone.

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  5. Grendel (972 comments) says:

    Depends on the context i guess, as off the top of my head it does not seem too odd (unless you are the president of the atheist society :) ). my ringtone is indestructible by Disturbed, simply because its loud and is at odds with the image of me as a financial adviser. my txt message noise is an air raid siren (from the same song), that gets a few odd looks :)

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  6. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    @gravedodger – that’s for when the phone goes, and also for when – inevitably! – you arrive :)

    Heart attack at 39? Wow that’s sobering. Thanks for the link DPF, must refresh my CPR skills. Did lifesaving for 5 years as a teen (good way to meet girls!) but suspect my skills are a bit rusty. That’s CPR skills before any wisecracks!

    [DPF: The post from by Jadis, not me]

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  7. Thekeeper (1 comment) says:

    Great post DF,
    As the goalkeeper on Fabio’s team at the time, I’ll comfortably admit I’ve never been in such a terrifying and helpless situation.
    I’ll be doing everything I can to generate as much support for St Johns this Sunday and to encourage as many people to do a CPR course as possible.
    Without CPR, our big mate wouldn’t be around with us for Sunday’s game – that’s a pretty sobering thought.

    [DPF: Ta for feedback. Credit for the post should go to Jadis who wrote it. You may know her under another name!]

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  8. labrator (1,846 comments) says:

    Untrained. If you’re not trained in CPR, then provide hands-only CPR. That means uninterrupted chest compressions of about 100 a minute until paramedics arrive (described in more detail below). You don’t need to try rescue breathing.

    Trained, and ready to go. If you’re well trained and confident in your ability, begin with chest compressions instead of first checking the airway and doing rescue breathing. Start CPR with 30 chest compressions before checking the airway and giving rescue breaths.

    Trained, but rusty. If you’ve previously received CPR training but you’re not confident in your abilities, then just do chest compressions at a rate of about 100 a minute. (Details described below.)

    Latest CPR advice from the Mayo Clinic.

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