50-70% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims survive if defibrillation occurs within the first 5 minutes. For every minute that passes, there is a 10% less chance of survival. Do you know where the nearest defibrillator is at your work? At the shopping centre? Would you know how to find one if you needed to help someone?
The Ambulance Tasmania AED (automated external defibrillator) Locator smart phone app shows community-held AED locations across Tasmania.
1. Identify where your nearest automated external defibrillator (AED) is in your neighbourhood at home and work. You will often find them in:
2. Notify your family, friends and colleagues of where these are located.
3. Anyone can use an AED. The device will tell you what to do. AEDs must be used in conjunction with CPR. Watch a demonstration video on how to use one.
4. Download an AED locator app for your state or territory if available. These are often managed by Ambulance departments or Government health departments.
5. If you can’t find a nearby defibrillator, speak to your community group or workplace about installing one.