Trust plans to give life saving shock to all
Charities to get defibrillators
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.