Defibrillators – where are they?

“There’s no point in people dying when a potential piece of life-saving equipment is 50m away. And that happens regularly. We need to make people aware of where they are.”

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### ODT Online Sat, 19 Jan 2013
Defibrillators easy to find by phone
By Shawn McAvinue
Life-saving defibrillators are sitting idle as people nearby needlessly die, says the creator of a defibrillator locator. AED Locations founder Gareth Jenkin said he had taught thousands of people how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) when working as a resuscitation co-ordinator at Auckland City Hospital, but could not give his students information on where to find one. Many people died because a defibrillator could not be found, he said.

He had the idea to build a website to locate a defibrillator but had no money or knowledge to build it. But Able Technology heard of his vision and built Mr Jenkin the website at no charge.

At www.aedlocations.co.nz, 2500 defibrillator locations are mapped and a smartphone application can locate the nearest defibrillator using GPS.

In an emergency, people should dial 111 and then use the application on their smartphone, which included a function to speed dial the defibrillator location so it could be rushed to the emergency.

Any defibrillator owners should contact him with the locations because the larger the database, the more chance a life could be saved.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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17 responses to “Defibrillators – where are they?

  1. Elizabeth

    Tweets:

    @scottylanenz @whatifdunedin Gotta get one up NEV and out Ravensbourne. People can use our one at #Unipol anytime, I’ll even help deploy it!. :)
    6:53 PM – 19 Jan 13

    @whatifdunedin @scottylanenz Presumably Willowbank & Ravensbourne fire stations and NEV police station [have] them, we’ll check and get them listed if so
    7:31 PM – 19 Jan 13

  2. Calvin Oaten

    For what it is worth there is a ‘defibrillator at the NEV Bowling club. The Dunedin North Probus club donated it.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    The St John courses are quite expensive, for people who don’t “need” to do them but would like to be more competent so that if shit happens around them they can take useful action instead of standing back or making things worse.

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    I don’t mean St John should provide courses for free. Perhaps when someone with special expertise is caught drunk-driving or something that could attract a community service sentence they could be required to give open courses in first aid that is suitable for the general public to use in emergency situations.
    Could extend it not only to teaching first aid but also to other people with useful knowledge e.g. interpreting the food values on labels and knowing what effect they have on health, weight, disease, tying in with the diabetes message, and avoiding heart disease, and being a responsible parent. Kind of off-topic here; on the other hand it would add to the non-built value of Dunedin as a place to live.

  5. Anonymous

    A small thing but I suspect some people avoid these courses due to the role play expectations. Many people want to participate but it’s the thought of simulating actions in front of or with other people that can be unsettling, particularly if you do not know who else is on the course. Of the three I’ve attended over the years I felt the one where it was instructor led, demonstrating actual scenarios more engaging than the uncomfortable expectation of ‘getting to know the person beside you’. On reflection, I seem to recall that one for the wrong reason. Over the years it is interesting to note resuscitation methods have changed considerably which makes me curious about what is the current method.

    The one time I’ve seen it in practice was coming around a bend to find a car up the bank on its side, the driver unconscious and the back window with a hole in it. It took a moment to realise another man was lying in the ditch 10-15 metres further up the road. It didn’t take much to revive in this instance but it was all vaguely unbelievable as it unfolded. I was a child then and my father a fire officer, in a position to recognise what the window meant.

    • Elizabeth

      Many of my colleagues gather their first aid learning through their workplaces sending them to St John on short courses – or they join the fire brigade or are life guards where paramedics are already part of the crew, meaning they get onsite learning as well as formal coursing.

      • Elizabeth

        Defibrillators cont/

        Comment (from paramedic) at ODT Online re AED and CPR:
        “AEDs are safe. You absolutely cannot shock anyone, unless they are in a fibrilating rhythm..the machine determines if it’s going to shock or not. All us mere mortals have to do is push the button on advisement from the AED.”
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  6. Peter

    Would you folk out there support defibrillators at places like the Dunedin Club and other Tartan Mafia HQ’s?! Moral dilemma?

  7. Anonymous

    Weird place that. Tucked away where it is. And just a short chauffeur ride to the Masonic Lodge too. Just had a look at their website. Member login is via single password. If that was my site I’d be experiencing mild palpitations until the historical foolishness was upgraded.

  8. Peter

    Lovely building, but somehow I don’t think I’d get an invite to join the Dunedin Club! Though I am of the ‘correct’ gender. What do you have to do to join? If required, I can mind my p’s and q’s.

    • Elizabeth

      No idea Peter – it’s open to men and women, and all ‘humans’ for a tour (by arrangement) should they be interested :)

  9. Calvin Oaten

    Peter; you just queue at the door and don’t pee in the swimming pool. Other than that just act normal, buy your share of the drinks and they won’t know that you are an intruder.

  10. Toby

    Peter you wouldn’t qualify anyway. Aussies aren’t gentlemen.

  11. Great to see some coverage for the aedlocations site. For those who haven’t used an AED then training will help but they really are straightforward, not much more difficult than using a kettle, only this kettle tells you what to do! I hope you never have to use one but if you are struggling then ask the closest 11 year old and they will be on it in a flash. Please don’t stand back and wait for someone who ‘knows what they are doing’ to arrive as this is surely the best way to watch someone get more dead. CPR is important but a defibrillator is essential.

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