Trust plans to give life sav­ing shock to all

Char­i­ties to get de­fib­ril­la­tors

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL SPORT - By CHE BAKER

The Cen­tral Lakes Trust has an­nounce an ini­tia­tive to help place life sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tors in high use ar­eas through­out Cen­tral Otago and the Queen­stown Lakes re­gions. The trust has ap­proved spend­ing $150,000 on ap­pli­ca­tions from not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tions for up to 50 per cent of the cost, or a max­i­mum of $3000, for a de­fib­ril­la­tor from St John and fund­ing for train­ing ses­sions to suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants. The cost of the units were be­tween $3000 and $5000 with ac­ces­sories and main­te­nance costs ad­di­tional. Trust chair­man Sir Eion Edgar said the de­ci­sion to as­sist with fund­ing of th­ese units was ‘‘an easy one’’. ‘‘Th­ese units will pro­vide di­rect ben­e­fit to lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors and will help the trust achieve its vi­sion of mak­ing our com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to be.’’ An Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tor (AED) was a piece of life sav­ing equip­ment used when some­one ex­pe­ri­ences sud­den car­diac ar­rest and were ideal for of­fices, sport­ing clubs, shop­ping cen­tres, schools and many other pub­lic places. It de­liv­ers a short, pow­er­ful elec­tric shock to the heart, help­ing the heart to re­gain its nat­u­ral rhythm. It was de­signed to be sim­ple to use for any­one and the de­vice talks you through what to do and how to use it. Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Paul Al­li­son said one of the key points to be con­sid­ered in the ap­pli­ca­tion process is where the de­fib­ril­la­tor will be lo­cated, its ac­ces­si­bil­ity and ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity. St John busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Seema Bha­van said hav­ing an AED avail­able can in­crease the chance of a per­son’s sur­vival by up to 40 per cent. ‘‘AEDs are in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant pieces of life-sav­ing equip­ment and we strongly en­cour­age com­mu­nity groups to get one.’’ Groups want­ing to make an ap­pli­ca­tion needed to do so be­fore the clos­ing date on Oc­to­ber 31.

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