Defibrillator moved to Tatura Pharmacy
Late last year the Lions Club of Tatura placed a defibrillator in Tatura’s Foodworks Supermarket to enable the life-saving machine to be ‘‘close by’’ in need of an emergency.
Lion Kim O’Toole said, at the time, the defibrillator ‘‘had been previously stored in the club’s barbecue shed, which was no real value to the community’’.
Lion Glenda McLeod told the Guardian last week that despite a promise to train staff in the use of the machine, this has not occurred, so the club decided to move the defibrillator to Tatura Pharmacy.
Mrs McLeod said there was also an issue with maintenance of the machine, which could render it useless in the case of an emergency.
‘‘While the supermarket’s intentions were good at the time, there was no point in leaving it there if it could not be used correctly,’’ she said.
‘‘By transferring it to the pharmacy, it will still be centrally located if needed.’’
According to the Australian Red Cross, the best chance of survival for those experiencing cardiac arrest is effective CPR combined with early defibrillation.
It’s understood there are several other defibrillators located around town including at Hill Top Golf and Country Club, Tatura Football Netball Club, Tatura Fire Brigade, Tatura Cricket Club, Tatura Senior Citizens and Tatura Men’s Shed.
‘‘Every minute that passes before a defibrillator is used decreases a casualty’s chance of survival,’’ the Red Cross said.