RURAL communities would be one of the significant benefactors from Ambulance Tasmania’s new program which links community-based defibrillators registered with Ambulance Tasmania to the triple zero emergency network.
REMOTE CONTROL: Ambulance Tasmania CEO Dominic Morgan says the new defibrillator program would be particularly valuable in remote areas. Picture: Meg Windram.
In the event of a cardiac arrest, Ambulance Tasmania’s communications centre will be able to detect the closest registered machine and will send a text message to its owner.
Ambulance Tasmania chief executive officer Dominic Morgan said the program would be particularly valuable in remote areas due to the long distances that volunteers and paramedics needed to travel.
“The idea of linking AEDs to the triple 0 network has actually been around for many years but it’s only in recent time that the tech available through satellite trackings has allowed us to link the incident, our ambulance and the public defibrillators,” he said.
Mr Morgan said as far as they were aware the only other ambulance service offering a similar program is in London.
“We are fairly confident that in five years everyone will be doing it,” he said.
“Many states have some public access defibrillators recorded with the ambulance service but what is different is in most places they will advise a person to go and get it while the ambulance is responding, in our program we intend to advise the registered keeper that a cardiac arrest is within their area and then the person is free to respond.”
Mr Morgan said Ambulance Tasmania had stickers made up with red AED symbols that could be put in the windows of businesses that had a registered machine.
“I think it’s going to be quite organic. Corporations I think will be a big part of the program,” he said.
“Until 12 months ago we were officially aware of 15 defibrillators and we have 180 in the system today.”
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