MEMBERS of the Glenorchy Cricket Club can now rest that little bit easier thanks to the addition of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) at its clubrooms.
The local club was granted the life-saving device as part of the investment by the State Government to deliver 180 new AED devices to individuals, community organisations and not-for-profit organisations across Tasmania.
It is the biggest single investment in community defibrillators the state has made to date.
Glenorchy Cricket Club vice-president and director of cricket Simon Stebbings said members were thrilled to now have one of the life-saving devices on hand at the club.
“Not so long ago one of our member’s father had a heart attack while playing table tennis in our clubrooms,” he said.
“Luckily, thanks to the quick-thinking action of one of our members who performed CPR and the fast response from paramedics, he survived.
“Having the defibrillator on the wall of our clubrooms will certainly be reassuring not just for our members and their families, but all the spectators who come along to watch our games, as well as the wider community who use the facility.”
Local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer visited the club recently to hand over the new device.
“When a heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, having a defibrillator deliver an electric current within the first few minutes is critical,” she said.
“The chance of survival after a cardiac arrest declines by up to 10 per cent a minute, so early access to an AED is life-saving.
“The cost of an AED is often outside the reach of many not-for-profit and community-led organisations, so this fund is an important investment in community safety.”
The public can easily use an AED without any training by following simple in-built audio instructions.
The location of existing AEDs can be found at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/ambulance/community_information/eadp.
Caption: Glenorchy Cricket Club vice president and director of cricket Simon Stebbings accepts the new defibrillator from Local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer.