Kyabram Lions Club is calling for a defibrillator policy that clearly defines where the devices are located in Kyabram and how the public can access them.
A local service club has installed a public defibrillator in a Kyabram community venue and hopes more will follow.
Kyabram Lions Club has placed the life-saving equipment at Kyabram Recreation Reserve.
It will be located during the summer months in the Kyabram Cricket Club rooms beneath the Jack Stone stand and in the Wilf Cox pavilion during football season.
The charity is considering launching a fundraising campaign with the aim of providing more defibrillators in community buildings and spaces.
The club’s vice president Russell Johnson said the Heart Foundation identified that about 55
The Foundation’s website reads that more than 50 per cent of heart attack deaths occur before the person reaches hospital and almost 25 per cent of people who die from a heart attack die within one hour of their first warning sign.
In a case of cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation, the heart’s normal rhythm can only be restored by defibrillation and this must ideally be carried out within about four minutes of the attack.
Mr Johnson said the reality of the situation hit home for him after reading the story in last week’s Free Press about the life-saving actions of a group of nurses who performed CPR and used a defibrillator on a woman who had collapsed on a Tatura tennis court.
‘‘The message is clear that these defibrillators save lives,’’ Mr Johnson said.
He said the key was to have more devices readily accessible in the community for times of emergency and also that people knew about their location.
Mr Johnson said he believed Kyabram should have a clear defibrillator policy to ensure the safety of visitors and residents.
‘‘I know of a few sporting clubs and many businesses in town who have defibrillators,’’ he said.
‘‘But without public awareness of where these life-saving devices can be found at times of emergency, they hold less value really.’’
At Tatura on Saturday last week, three nurses, including Kyabram’s Justine McConnell, used a defibrillator sourced from a club 200
One of the nurses, whose husband played cricket last season, remembered Tatura Cricket Club had a defibrillator.
The bowls club, which backs onto the tennis club, also owns a defibrillator, but emergency responders did not know that.
Mr Johnson said information was critical at times of emergency.
He said a defibrillator policy that clearly defined where the devices were located and how the public could access them was not something law required, but something Kyabram could not afford to be without.
‘‘It’s a matter of life and death,’’ he said.
If your club or business owns an automated electronic device and you would like to share this information with the community, please phone Russell Johnson on 0414
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