ECHUCA and district residents who own a potentially life-saving defibrillator are being urged to register them, as Ambulance Victoria reveals the whereabouts of up to 15,000 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) is unknown across the state.
The chance of survival increases by 62 per cent if a person in cardiac arrest is defibrillated by a bystander before an ambulance arrives.
Information about the location of registered AEDs is made available through an online registry, helping build community awareness and understanding on where local AEDs can be found.
The data will also be passed on to first responders through new smartphone technology being introduced by Ambulance Victoria.
Ambulance Victoria estimates that on average, more than 2500 AEDs are bought in Victoria each year but not registered, often meaning their location is not known to bystanders responding to a person in cardiac arrest.
Ambulance Victoria chief executive Associate Professor Tony Walker urged AED owners, including schools, medical practices, businesses, community organisations and sporting clubs, to register their devices online.
‘‘In locations like corporate offices, gyms and bowls clubs across the state, for every life-saving defibrillator in the community we know about, there are four we don’t,’’ Associate Professor Walker said.
‘‘By registering your defibrillator, you could save the life of someone in your local community.’’
AED owners can register their devices with Ambulance Victoria today at ambulance.vic.gov.au/register