Original article published on ABC News 7 July 2015 by Bianca Gurra
Emergency services in Tasmania believe they are leading the way globally with a new partnership co-ordinating access to defibrillators which can save the lives of heart attack victims.
The partnership means that when someone calls triple-0, Ambulance Tasmania can notify the contact person for the nearest Automated External Defibrillators (AED).
AEDs are used to give early, life-saving access to defibrillation and are designed to be used by anyone, including members of the public with no prior medical training.
There are now over 500 registered AEDs in the state.
One defibrillator per 1,000 people makes it the largest per capita database in the country.
The program aims to provide Tasmanians with some of the best response times to cardiac arrest in the world.
Ambulance Tasmania chief executive Dominic Morgan said the partnership would save lives.
“It’s the first time in this country’s history where we can honestly say the chances of — in the future — having a policeman, a firefighter, a state SES member or paramedic coming to defibrillate your heart in the first few minutes of a life-threatening emergency is a particularly big day for Tasmania,” he said.
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