De­fib­ril­la­tor map set to save lives

Herald Sun - - NEWS - ED GAR­DINER am­bu­­is­ter

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.”

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