FROM THE EDI­TOR

Northern News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

I don’t have a lot of apps on my phone.

I pre­fer to keep it sim­ple, with a cou­ple of news sites, a bank­ing app, and a weather one, which is pretty use­less and prac­ti­cally al­ways in­ac­cu­rate. I re­ally should delete that one.

But a story on Seven Sharp the other night had me reach­ing for my phone to find the app store.

The story was about an AED Lo­ca­tions app which can help save lives in the event of a car­diac ar­rest, which can hap­pen at var­i­ous ages.

Ba­si­cally it’s a map of AED au­to­matic ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tors lo­ca­tions clos­est to where you are.

The de­vices de­liver an elec­tri­cal cur­rent to the heart to re­turn con­trac­tions to nor­mal. They can in­crease some­one’s chance of sur­vival by up to 80 per cent if ap­plied im­me­di­ately.

I had no idea there were so many tucked away in the di­rect vicin­ity of my of­fice and home. Over 6000 lo­ca­tions are now mapped around the coun­try and the app is re­ally easy to use.

I en­cour­age you to check it out - it could be a life­saver.

- Jenny

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