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Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

TRAIN pas­sen­gers will be able to ac­cess and use life-sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tors that have been in­stalled at Au­bin Grove and Bull Creek sta­tions.

The two lo­cal sta­tions are among 18 equipped last week as part of a trial across Perth’s pub­lic trans­port net­work, with a wider roll­out to be con­sid­ered af­ter three months.

St John clin­i­cal ser­vices di­rec­tor Paul Bai­ley said even peo­ple with­out med­i­cal train­ing would be able to use the ma­chines in an emer­gency.

“The best thing about these de­vices is they can be op­er­ated by some­one with­out any train­ing; the ma­chine pro­vides sim­ple in­struc­tions to the user,” Dr Bai­ley said.

The de­fib­ril­la­tors are in locked boxes and can be ac­cessed only by call­ing 000 to re­ceive an ac­cess code.

Ex­act lo­ca­tions of the units ap­pear on the St John First Re­spon­der app, which dis­plays nearby de­fib­ril­la­tors.

De­fib­ril­la­tors have also been in­stalled in Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity tran­sit of­fi­cers’ mo­bile pa­trol ve­hi­cles.

Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity spokesman David Hynes said the trial would bet­ter equip tran­sit of­fi­cers, mem­bers of the pub­lic and first re­spon­ders.

Dr Bai­ley said for ev­ery minute that a per­son in car­diac ar­rest is not de­fib­ril­lated, they lost a 10 per cent chance of sur­vival.

Af­ter 10 min­utes, the chances of re­cov­ery were vir­tu­ally nil.

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