Help for hearts
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.