Twelve defibrillators have been made available for community use as part of a Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) initiative to increase public access to the life-saving devices.
The defibrillators, or AED’s (Automated External Defibrillator), are located at GMW offices at Eppalock, Cairn Curran, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Rochester, Kyabram, Cobram, Kerang, Pyramid Hill, Dartmouth and two locations in Tatura.
The defibrillators have been purchased to help safe guard GMW staff members in the event they suffer from heart failure in the workplace.
“We thought it made sense to widen the scope and provide members of the public and our communities with access to these life-saving devices too,” GMW Managing Director Pat Lennon said.
“All of our defibrillators have been registered with Ambulance Victoria.
“This means if a member of the community phones 000 and a defibrillator is required, the operator will direct them to the nearest device to assist with recovery of the patient until the ambulance arrives.
“This is a small way in which we can provide a valuable service to our local communities.”
Ambulance Victoria Group Manager John Morris said in conjunction with good CPR, the early use of a defibrillator by members of the public could significantly increase a person’s chances of survival.
He said by registering your defibrillator with Ambulance Victoria, it can help link defibrillators in communities across Victoria with people who need them when they need them.
“The six steps in the ‘chain of survival’ are early recognition of cardiac arrest, early access to emergency care (calling 000), early CPR, early defibrillation, early advanced care (paramedics) and definitive care (hospital),” Mr Morris said.
For further information about Register My AED contact Ambulance Victoria on 1800 233 734 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Defibrillator saves a life on the footy field
For Diversions West Customer Service Officer Leigh Martin, 14 July 2013 started out like any other day.
He was playing football in Violet Town as an away game with his local club Merrigum, and the conditions were cold, wet and wintery.
Leigh was 30, fit and healthy, and his wife had recently given birth to the couple’s second child, Quinn.
“I was actually on leave from work and before that I had been part of the GMW 24-7 crew,” he said.
“This saw us planning the delivery of customers’ regulated water orders across six irrigation districts.”
Leigh said he had experienced a little bit of chest pain after playing football in recent weeks but didn’t think much of it.
“Then on this particular day, the pain was getting worse and worse. I was in a terrible amount of pain and I could feel it in my left arm.”
Leigh asked his friends to call an ambulance, which arrived after 40 minutes.
“They couldn’t work out what was wrong. Then I felt a bit light-headed. I was informed a short time later that I’d had a heart attack, which was really quite distressing to hear.”
Paramedics used a defibrillator to revive him.
Leigh said there was also a defibrillator at the football ground but there was some confusion on the day about where it was located.
“It wasn’t well signposted for use in case of emergency.”
He was later airlifted to The Northern Hospital in Melbourne where a blood clot was aspirated and a stent was placed in his heart.
“I’ve been right as rain since. The treatment, along with medication, is used to reduce the chances of this happening again.”
“I’m lucky that I was relatively young and that I’ve been able to make a good recovery,” Leigh said.
“I’m absolutely behind this GMW initiative to make defibrillators available for community use. The more people we can potentially help, the better.”
GMW defibrillator locations include:
||40 Casey St, Tatura
||Cussen St office
||Spillway Rd, Eppalock
||Weir Rd, Baringhup
||5 Murrell St, Wangaratta
||21 Wheeler St, Shepparton
||41 High St, Rochester
||79 Mccormick Rd, Kyabram
||Dillon St, Cobram
||78 Kerang-Koondrook Rd, Kerang
||24 Barber St, Pyramid Hill
||Horsefall Rd, Dartmouth
You can download a map of our defibrillators here.