A cardiac arrest in Port Fairy has highlighted the need for an all-hours centrally-located defibrillator.
Port Fairy has 12 defibrillators located in businesses, including a hotel and at sporting clubs, which can only be accessed during opening hours.
Vital equipment: Port Fairy ambulance acting team manager Mike Cornett and Moyne Health Services will conduct a review into the number of defibrillators in Port Fairy following a cardiac arrest in the town in April. Photo: Madeleine McNeil
Port Fairy ambulance acting team leader Mike Cornett said a man’scardiac arrest outside the IGA supermarketonApril 24 had sparked the conversation.
Mr Cornett said ambulance staff and Moyne Health Services wouldreview the number of registered automatic external defibrillators (AED) in the town and the best way to access them in an emergency.
“In many cases they’re not that accessible to the public which is what we’re looking at.
“How we can make them more accessible?” Mr Cornett said.
“(We’re looking at) possibly putting one on the street that’s accessible 24 hours-a-day, maybe in a cabinet.”
He said the man’s cardiac arrest where visitors to the town performed CPR until help arrived had created“a bit more urgency” about the issue.
Mr Cornett said it was good to see a positive outcome from the man’s experience.
“Now we’re talking. There will be one in the IGA. They’re putting one in where we didn’t have one previously.”
He said Ambulance Victoria had a register of all AEDs and public access defibrillatorlocations, which weregiven to thepublic in an emergency situation.
“If someone was to call in and say there’s been a cardiac arrest outside the IGA then the ambulance staff, if they had the registry up-to-date, they would say the nearest AED to you is inside the IGA,” Mr Cornett explained.
“It would be well marked, in an obvious location and staff would know where it is. You can grab that.
“The next step is to make sure they’re all registered (with Ambulance Victoria).
“We in combination with Moyne Health Services are taking it on as a project that they’re all identified and registered. We know there is 12 defibrillators in town.”
Mr Cornettsaid the number ofdefibrillators in Port Fairyhad increasedin the past few years andtwo purchases wereplanned for the IGA supermarket and the senior citizens rooms.
“It’s a really positive thing. I think.We’re identifying places where they would be most useful.”
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