Need for defibrillators in Bright
A MEDICAL emergency last week at Bright Op Shop’s Shop 26 has prompted calls for a defibrillator to be located somewhere in Ireland Street.
Last Monday an op shop volunteer required urgent assistance and was later flown to Melbourne with a blood clot in his carotid artery after falling ill when in the store.
Other shop volunteers identified the emergency and immediately called Triple Zero but when asked by the operator where the nearest defibrillator was they were left scrambling for answers.
Bright Op Shop volunteer Lois Matthews said no one could answer the question.
“No one here knew where the nearest defibrillator was,” she said.
“Thankfully it wasn’t required and it only took the ambulance a few minutes to get here but that’s not always going to be the case.
“I know the Op Shop has bought defibrillators for the hospital and Hawthorn Village and I know there is one at Bendigo Bank but there’s nothing up this end of town to my knowledge.”
The defibrillator at Bendigo Bank is accessible during opening hours and can also be hired.
Closer to Ireland Street are defibrillators at the Bright RSL clubrooms in Camp Street and with the town’s U3A group who run from behind the Bright Community Centre.
Both are not ready available though.
“The incident the other day made us think we should be looking to put one somewhere in Ireland Street that can be accessed 24 hours a day,” Ms Matthews said.
“Whether that’s outside the front of the Alpine Hotel, I don’t know.”
“We’d gladly put one in here but it wouldn’t be any use once we close the doors at 4pm.”
The only 24-hour accessible defibrillator in Bright is outside Alpine View Children’s Centre.
Jonathon Hurst from the Bright Pharmacy where an elderly woman had a heart attack two months ago agrees that a defibrillator needs to be located in the main street and people need to know where.
“It’s just something that is needed especially with all the events that are held up this end of town during busy periods,” he said.
“I also think there needs to be some sort of list that can be passed around so that people know where each defibrillator is.
“That type of situation is stressful and time critical enough that you don’t want to be looking for one.”