Posted on 18. Aug, 2014 in News

An Andrews Labor Government will provide 1000 defibrillators to Victorian sporting clubs and facilities to improve survival rates for people who enter cardiac arrest.

During a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent for every minute without defibrillation. Labor’s plan will make sure a defibrillator is near, so action can be taken sooner.

Calling 000 for an ambulance and early use of defibrillators, combined with CPR, are the key steps to survival. These machines have been responsible for saving thousands of lives across the country. More can be done.

Labor’s $2.7 million plan will see 1000 defibrillators provided to sporting clubs across Melbourne and Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews:

“When cardiac arrest strikes, every minute counts.”

“Labor will give defibrillators to footy grounds and sports venues, so volunteers, supporters and players can step in if they need to.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Health Minister, Gavin Jennings:

“In an emergency, the first thing to do is call 000 – but defibrillators are the best way to keep people alive until an ambulance arrives.”

“With 14 Victorians going into cardiac arrest every day, Labor’s plan will save lives.”

Key Facts

• Each year over 5000 Victorians go into sudden cardiac arrest while not in a hospital – that’s 14 people every day. Around 20 per cent of these happen in a public place.
• Most deaths involving cardiac arrest occur before a person reaches hospital.
• Defibrillators can work on people of all ages, and provides voice prompts and instructions for operators on how it should be used and advice on when to perform CPR.
• Public Access Defibrillators are already in place at a number of locations across Victoria, including the MCG, National Gallery of Victoria, Sovereign Hill, Melbourne Airport and Melbourne Zoo.
• The placement of defibrillators in accessible public places is supported by The Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance Australia, Australian Resuscitation Council and Defib for Life and Sports Medicine Australia.

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