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The coun­try’s largest Ro­tary district has launched Heart Savers, a project aimed at in­creas­ing the num­ber of au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tors (AEDs) in the com­mu­nity. Sud­den cardiac ar­rest kills about 1500 New Zealan­ders ev­ery year. Ro­tary’s Roger Har­vey said an AED, in con­junc­tion with CPR, would pro­vide the best chance of sur­viv­ing a sud­den cardiac ar­rest. But New Zealand was still a long way short of where it should be with the num­ber of AEDs needed in com­mu­ni­ties. Best prac­tice stan­dards sug­gest there should be 10,000 AEDs in New Zealand but the cur­rent num­ber sits at about 6000. Ro­tary District

9920, which cov­ers most of Auck­land and seven Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries from Kiri­bati to French Poly­ne­sia, is aim­ing to put a dent in that deficit by hav­ing each of its 53 clubs place an AED in its lo­cal com­mu­nity.

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