St John appeals for Defib Drive donations

Public defibrillators are accessible anytime to help save people suffering cardiac arrest.
Public defibrillators are accessible anytime to help save people suffering cardiac arrest.

ST John WA has identified 100 locations than need public defibrillators and has asked local communities to help fund installation of more devices.

It identified 46 locations in the northern suburbs and 29 in Perth’s south that need the devices as well as several regional sites for the Defib Drive appeal.

Those include Jindalee,Mindarie, Yanchep, Alkimos, Two Rocks, Currambine, Iluka, Kinross, Ocean Reef, Heathridge, Wanneroo, Sinagra or Ashby, Kingsley, Hillarys, Wangara, Alexander Heights and Kondoola.

With more than 33,000 Australians dying from cardiac arrest each year, St John said the single biggest factor in improving survival rates was the time taken to administer early CPR and defibrillation.

It said defibrillators were easy to use and a Triple-Zero (000) operator can direct a caller to the nearest unit available.

“A cardiac arrest can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or health status,” medical director Paul Bailey said.

“Last year, St John WA recorded a 53 per cent increase in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates with 172 survivors, compared with 113 the previous year.

“This unprecedented increase in survival rates is largely due to better access to defibrillation.

“We have identified these 100 locations as having the greatest need for a defibrillator – as we believe every West Australian deserves to live on ‘Defib Drive’.

“You can give a potentially lifesaving gift this Christmas and help communities across WA become more resilient.”

Visit stjohndefibdrive.com.au for more information or to donate.

The St John ambulance service responds to about three cardiac arrest patients a day, with 72 per cent of cardiac arrests taking place in private homes, 21 per cent in public locations and 8 per cent in aged care facilities.

According to St John, the number of cases of patients receiving CPR from a bystander increased to 80 per cent last year and bystander use of defibrillators more than doubled number of people who survived to hospital discharge from 17 survivors in 2017 to 40 in 2018.

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