De­fib­ril­la­tor moved to Tatura Phar­macy

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

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.

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