THE use of Mansfield’s AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) has helped save the life of one person every six weeks, but local user groups are warned they need to register their machines to keep on saving.
A report released last week by Ambulance Victoria claims that since the introduction of PADs – public access defibrillators – there has been an 11 fold increase in their use.
The first study to fully assess the PAD program’s success has found that patients in cardiac arrest in a public place were 62 per cent more likely to survive if a non-medical professional or bystander was the first person to defibrillate them, shocking their heart back into a normal rhythm.
There are seven registered units in the Mansfield area, with more on Mt Buller.
However, according to an Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman, there are many more units in Mansfield that have not been registered.
“People need to let us know if they have an AED machine, because that’s what helps us save lives,” she said.