A defibrillator or AED can increase the chance of survival for a person suffering a cardiac by 40%. The World Health Organisation guidelines suggest that the ideal distance from an AED is a 3 minute walk.
It is critical for AED’s to be able to get to patients quickly and The Trusts are ensuring thousands of West Auckland residents are closer to AED’s than ever before by installing 26 portable AEDs throughout West Auckland sporting and event venues as well as The Trusts’ retails stores and hospitality venues.
The Trusts chief executive Simon Wickham “Our objective is to ensure that these new life-saving machines can be installed throughout the region to help provide significantly more coverage during medical emergencies…We have engaged St John to provide first aid training for our staff and we will have the AEDs installed outside each of our venues, making them accessible to any member of the public in need.”
New research has found a higher incidence of out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) among Māori and Pasifika as well as males and people over 65. The 26 new AED’s will serve those in and visiting West Auckland which has the country’s third highest rate of OHCA.
Wickham says the AEDs will be donated by The Trusts and have a combined retail value of more than $100,000.