Defibrillator map set to save lives
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 have a 62 per cent greater chance of survival if a defibrillator is used.
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.”