Ambulance Victoria is urging local clubs, schools and other organisations to register their defibrillator machines. It’s quick and it’s easy and it will help save lives. Read how Ambulance Victoria is searching for 15,000 “hidden” defibrillators in Victoria.
VICTORIANS could help save a life at the click of a button under a new campaign from Ambulance Victoria.
Up to 15,000 defibrillators are believed to be “hidden” in private buildings across the state, but authorities had no way to track them, until now. Homeowners, businesses and schools are being urged to register their defibrillators online to create a map of the state’s hidden devices. New smartphone technology will give the public and emergency services access to the map.
Heart attack patients are far more likely to live if a defibrillator is used in the minutes following cardiac arrest. Heart attack patients have a 62 per cent greater chance of survival if a defibrillator is used before an ambulance arrives.
Ambulance Victoria chief executive Associate Professor Tony Walker said the campaign would save lives.
“In locations like corporate offices, gyms and bowls clubs across the state, for every lifesaving defibrillator in the community we know about, there are four we don’t,” he said.
“Imagine what the map of Victoria might look like if every defibrillator in the area was registered and could be connected with someone in a life-threatening situation — your defibrillator could be the one that saves a life.”
Prof Walker said bystanders could make a “huge difference” to a heart attack victim in the critical moments before paramedics arrived.
Ambulance Victoria’s campaign targets regional centres, on the back of new statistics that reveal people in rural Victoria are increasingly suffering heart attacks out of hospital.
More than 6000 Victorians suffer a heart attack away from hospital each year, according to latest government figures.
Following a heart attack, a patient’s chance of survival drops by 10 per cent for each minute that passes without defibrillation.
Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Shepparton are among the centres to be targeted.
“Over 40,000 people live in Wodonga yet I can count on one hand the number of defibrillators that are currently registered,” Prof Walker said.
Ed Gardiner, Herald Sun
March 14, 2018 7:00pm