Safety mea­sure

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

Sey­mour Field and Game is set to take its game up a notch when it comes to deal­ing with an emer­gency, with a new de­fib­ril­la­tor and train­ing pack­age thanks to the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment.

The club, based at Avenel, is one of 1000 who will re­ceive the life-sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tors. Al­most 900 de­fib­ril­la­tors have been rolled out to clubs so far, mean­ing there is still more than 100 de­fib­ril­la­tors and train­ing pack­ages up for grabs.

‘‘De­fib­ril­la­tors at lo­cal sports clubs keep play­ers safe, spec­ta­tors pro­tected, and are a vi­tal tool for the com­mu­nity,’’ State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said.

‘‘In a life-threat­en­ing sud­den car­diac ar­rest, ev­ery sec­ond counts, and by­standers play a crit­i­cal role.’’

With­out a de­fib­ril­la­tor close by, the sur­vival rate for sud­den car­diac ar­rest is some­where be­tween two and five per cent. When a de­fib­ril­la­tor is used within the first few min­utes, the rate of sur­vival can rise to 70 per cent.

‘‘The great news is that more by­standers than ever are step­ping in to save lives,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘The use of pub­lic de­fib­ril­la­tors for car­diac ar­rests has soared four-fold from 2.8 per cent in 2006-07 to 11 per cent in 2015-16.’’

The new de­vices will ap­pear on Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria’s data­base, so that 000 op­er­a­tors will be able to di­rect call­ers to the new de­vices avail­able when emer­gency strikes.

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