Help for hearts

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga Con­tin­ued Page 5

Tatura res­i­dents who suf­fer car­diac ar­rest will have a higher rate of sur­viv­ing thanks to the Heart Safe Com­mu­nity project.

Led by the Heart Foun­da­tion and Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria, a new 24-hour pub­lic Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tor was in­stalled in Stu­art Mock Place, Tatura, on Tues­day last week.

The de­fib­ril­la­tor can be ac­cessed by any­one dur­ing an emer­gency, and is de­signed to be sim­ple to use with clear au­dio and vis­ual com­mands.

Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria’s Tat- ura man­ager Ben Jo­hansen said the in­stal­la­tion of the new de­fib­ril­la­tor co­in­cided with na­tional Res­tarta-Heart Day.

‘‘Thou­sands of peo­ple die from sud­den car­diac ar­rest each year and in or­der to beat those odds we would like to teach as many peo­ple CPR as we can,’’ Mr Jo­hansen said.

‘‘We’re also launch­ing this new de­fib­ril­la­tor — which is a big coup for Tatura, be­ing it is a very small com­mu­nity, but ser­viced de­fib­ril­la­tors.’’

Am­bu­lance com­mu­nity of­fi­cers fromTatura were set

with up in town to teach peo­ple how to per­form CPR and how to use the new de­vice.

Mr Jo­hansen said Ambu- lance Vic­to­ria had a new mes­sage this year: ‘Call, push, shock’ — which it was aim­ing to pro­mote in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘I think a lot of peo­ple who have learned CPR in the past five to 10 years would be un­fa­mil­iar with the way we are do­ing things now,’’ he said.

‘‘It is just: push hard and fast, call 000 and shock with the de­fib­ril­la­tor when you can ac­cess one . . .

‘‘Any­one can do CPR, do­ing some­thing is bet­ter than noth­ing.’’

The ini­tia­tive comes af­ter re­cent statistics show only one in 10 peo­ple who suf­fer an out-of-hos­pi­tal car­diac ar­rest cur­rently sur­vives.

Mr Jo­hansen said im­me­di­ate ac­tion was crit­i­cal to sav­ing a per­son’s life, with chances of sur­vival de­creas­ing by 10 per cent every minute with­out life­sav­ing in­ter­ven­tion.

Lucky to be alive: John Dozzi de­fied the odds when he sur­vived sud­den on­set car­diac ar­rest four years ago.

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