Young Preschool and Young Mobile Play Activities now have an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) each, after the Committee recently purchased the units for the two services.
The defibrillators have been on the services wish list for three years, particularly after Director of Young Preschool Angie Milne attended a Rural and Remote Forum last year and a friend was called away to debrief her team after the death of an educator who suffered a heart attack at work.
Young Mobile Play Activities, which is co-ordinated by Sharen Shoard, is the first mobile van to carry a Samaritan 360p defibrillator.
The AED was deemed important for the Young Mobile Play Activities van to carry as they often hold playgroups in halls, including Milvale Hall. An ambulance responding to a cardiac arrest in the hall would take at least 35 minutes to arrive, assuming there was an ambulance available to respond from Young.
It was also deemed important for the van to carry the AED as it is a mobile service and often on the road, so it could come across a car accident where the use of the AED was required.
The Heartsine AED is an easy to operate system, with step by step instructions making it easy for anyone to use. A drawcard of this particular device is, if someone is saved using the device, they can choose a charity to donate a defibrillator to.
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