Train sta­tions trial de­fib­ril­la­tors

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Matt Zis

TRAIN pas­sen­gers will be able to use life-sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tors in­stalled at Vic­to­ria Park, Oats Street and Bur­swood sta­tions.

The three 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.

More de­fib­ril­la­tors have been in­stalled in PTA tran­sit of­fi­cers’ mo­bile pa­trol ve­hi­cles.

Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity 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 that a per­son in car­diac ar­rest was not de­fib­ril­lated they lost a 10 per cent chance of sur­vival, and after 10 min­utes the chances of re­cov­ery were vir­tu­ally nil.

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