De­fib­ril­la­tors boost sur­vival odds

Albany Extra - - Classifieds - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

An ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor has been in­stalled in York Street.

St John Am­bu­lance Great South­ern in­stalled the 24-hour ac­ces­si­ble de­fib­ril­la­tor on Wed­nes­day at the new In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre in the Town Square.

It is part of the Albany Build­ing Re­silient Com­mu­ni­ties project, which aims to in­stall at least 150 de­fib­ril­la­tors in the re­gion, and train 10,000 res­i­dents in CPR.

Great South­ern re­gional man­ager Cas­san­dra Hughes said the project aimed to im­prove out­comes for peo­ple who suf­fered sud­den car­diac ar­rest. "Our goal is to have 60 per cent of the Albany pop­u­la­tion within four min­utes of a de­fib­ril­la­tor,” she said. “We know that cur­rently one in 10 peo­ple sur­vive a sud­den car­diac ar­rest, how­ever with CPR and the ap­pli­ca­tion of a de­fib­ril­la­tor, those odds in­crease."

Ms Hughes said Restart a Heart Day on Oc­to­ber 16 in the Town Square would en­cour­age peo­ple to learn about CPR and the project.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

A de­fib­ril­la­tor at the Albany Pub­lic Li­brary.

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