Members of the Stroud Men’s Shed have taken a pro-active approach when it comes to saving lives with the purchase of an automated external defibrillator.
The Men’s Shed members have been trained in the use of the defibrillator and are now ready to act should an emergency occur.
Every year around 30,000 Australians lose their lives to Cardiac Arrest. In the majority of these cases the situation could have been reversed if a defibrillator was available to reset the heart into a normal rhythm, said Royal Life Saving Hunter Regional Manager, Tanya Brunckhorst.
“For every minute that a defibrillator is delayed you are looking at a 10% reduction in survival rates. These machines can save lives”,” she said.
Men’s Shed spokesman Eric White said it was important to keep not only the members safe but also the local community and was a way of members “giving back” to the people of Stroud.
”We hope that we never have to use it but it sure is reassuring knowing that we have it in our shed”.