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This hearty little unit
might save your life

by Cameron Outridge

It’s only small but it packs a punch and it may well save your life.  An Automatic External Defibrillator is a small portable machine which delivers a shock to the heart for people in cardiac arrest, according to Maleny Ambulance’s Steve Tooley.

The Queensland Ambulance Service in conjunction with the Local Ambulance Committee and Maleny Rotary Club are launching the AED program over the next few weeks.

The aims of the  program are:

1. To place an AED in a prominent place in the main business area of Maleny to assist to prevent deaths from cardiac arrest.

2. To train people within the community to use AEDs.  Mr Tooley said AEDs had proven to greatly improve survival rates from cardiac arrest when used within a few minutes of the incident taking place.  They are used at Surf Clubs on the Sunshine Coast where they have already assisted cardiac arrest victims to survive.

Figures from some cities in the United States have also shown promising statistics.  “It is vital for community members to appreciate that AEDs will not save every person who has a cardiac arrest, just as CPR does not save every person,’’ said Mr Tooley.  “However, AEDs are an important tool in the fight against sudden cardiac arrest along with CPR and other First Aid initiatives.”

A public meeting to launch the Maleny AED program will be held at the QAS building in Bean Sreet on Thursday October 28 at 7.30pm.  All members of the community are invited to attend.  It is hoped that the meeting will form a working committee made up of interested locals to run the project.

On the weekend of November 6 and 7 a Senior First Aid course will be held at the QAS Maleny to start training people.  Over the following weeks a course to train community members to use AEDs will also be conducted at the QAS Maleny and the machine put in place.  Community members who work in the Maleny Business Centre and wish to become involved are especially encouraged, however any other interested people in the community are most welcome along with the following people who have come on board already:  The Queensland Ambulance Service, North Coast Region and Maleny Station will provide initial and ongoing training for the project.

The Maleny Local Ambulance Committee (LAC), who will initially sponsor the launch, will stay involved to promote the project.  The Maleny Rotary Club donated $4,000 to the LAC to purchase the AED and will also offer on going support.

Maleny IGA Owner/Manager Rob Outridge has agreed to base the machine at IGA and encourages his staff to be trained to use the AED.

Medical Superintendent of Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital Dr Andrew McKeough supports the concept of an AED being placed in the local community.  Anyone interested in becoming involved in this worthwhile project should contact Steve Tooley or Peter Griffey at Maleny Ambulance Station.

Rob Outridge, Gordon Jones and Steve Tooley at the presentation of
the Automatic External Defibrillator, to be located at IGA.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.