Stations trial defibrillators
TRAIN passengers will be able to use life-saving defibrillators installed at Butler, Whitfords and Glendalough stations.
The three northern line 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 by calling 000 to receive a code. Exact locations of the units appear on the St John First Responder app, which displays nearby defibrillators.
More defibrillators have been installed in Public Transport Authority transit officers’ mobile patrol vehicles.
PTA spokesman David Hynes said the trial would better equip transit officers, the public and first responders.
“There are more than a million passenger boardings on the train network every week, so our staff are well-trained on how to deal with a medical emergency,” he said.
“Every minute counts; the sooner someone can receive treatment from a defibrillator, the better their chance of survival.”
Dr Bailey said for every minute a person in cardiac arrest was not defibrillated, they lost a 10 per cent chance of survival.