Defibrillators now at Visitor Information Centre and Hawkesbury Library

EXERCISERS at Ham Common now have the added comfort of knowing if they have a sudden cardiac arrest, there is a defibrillator right at the Visitor Information Centre opposite the RAAF Base.

First aid officers at the centre have been trained in its use, but the unit is so easy to use with voice instructions that anyone can have a go if trained operators aren’t on shift.

The defibrillator is one of two installed at Council locations, with the other going in at Hawkesbury Central Library at Windsor.

“The installation of these machines at both Hawkesbury Central Library and the Visitor Information Centre will be of considerable community benefit, as both sites attract many visitors and recreational users at surrounding parks and gardens,” Mayor Kim Ford said.

Help close at hand as 36 community groups receive defibrillators

Pat Doran, from North Warrnambool Eagles Football Netball Club, and Sue Buckman from Defib for Life at a training day after the club took possession of the life-saving machine.

IT’S hoped they’ll never have to use it but North Warrnambool Eagles Football and Netball Club was one of 36 community groups to receive a defibrillator.

Andrew White, Founding Director of Defib for Life

Cardiac arrest is a silent, sudden and indiscriminate killer and you’d think that no one would know this better than a paramedic. However it took the death of a young football player from his son’s club for this and the importance of early defibrillation to hit home with Ambulance Victoria, Gisborne, Team Manager Andrew White.

Country Footy Legend Revived By Quick-Thinking Nurse after On-Field Collapse

A COUNTRY footy legend died on the field but lived to tell the tale thanks to a quick-thinking nurse who happened to be on the sidelines.

Hall of Famer John “Shorty’’ Martiniello was clinically dead after suffering a heart attack while umpiring a Goulburn Valley match between Rochester and Benalla on Saturday.

But in an incredible stoke of good fortune, the Rochester Football Club had a lifesaving defibrillator and a have-a-go-hero on stand-by.

Public Defibrillators Boost Cardiac Survival Odds in Victoria

PUBLICLY available defibrillators have saved an average of one life every six weeks over the past decade.

New Ambulance Victoria research found their use by bystanders boosts survival odds.

In evaluating use of defibrillators available in almost 100 locations state-wide, including at Melbourne Zoo, Federation Square and Melbourne Airport, AV found most people having a heart attack in a public place in 2002-13 got their initial shock treatment from emergency services.

Cardiac Arrest Patients Owes His Life to Defibrillation

It was a standard afternoon for Rob Comley playing his beloved pennant tennis when a sudden cardiac arrest saw him collapse at Blue Gum Park Tennis Club, Brentwood on 16 March 2014. Fellow tennis players, Steph MacDonald a theatre nurse and Doctor Tom Lane were on an adjoining court when they saw Rob collapse and rushed to his aid to find him grey, flat lining and with no pulse or respirations.

Recognising it was a life or death situation for Mr Comley, Ms McDonald and Doctor Lane were alerted to the fact that Blue Gum Park Tennis Club had a defibrillator onsite which had earlier been recommended by and purchased through Defib for Life (DFL). With the knowledge of how to use the equipment, they immediately called for the machine and commenced defibrillation.