Emergency Defibrillators are to be installed in public buildings in Adelaide’s city centre in a 12-month trial.
What is a defibrillator?
- A defibrillator is an electrical device that delivers a shock to the heart.
- The aim of the shock to the heart muscle is to re-establish the heart’s rhythm and regularly beat.
How does it work?
- Pads from the defibrillator are placed on the patient’s chest and a built-in computer checks the victim’s heart rhythm.
- The device determines whether a shock is needed.
- Most devices have an automated voice to tell the rescuer the next step, for example stand clear and press the device’s shock button.
The council voted to buy defibrillators to be installed in buildings which it owns.
Councillor Phil Martin said the portable defibrillators could easily be operated in a cardiac emergency by a person with no medical training.
He said the trial would also determine how many defibrillators were already available in private businesses in the CBD.
“We want to encourage people who already have defibrillators to remove them from the back rooms and put them in the foyers of their buildings so that we can map throughout Adelaide the locations of public defibrillators that people can access to save a life,” he said.
He said Tasmania had about 400 defibrillators in public places, while it was common practice throughout the rest of the world.
Cr Martin said the trial would be used to gauge if people would use them, the best places to have them and if they were at risk of being vandalised.
He said an ideal place to install one would be in Rundle Mall.