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Heart-starters to save lives

Posted: Thursday 4 June 2009

Demonstrating the defibrillator at Central Station
Demonstrating the defibrillator at Central Station.
Over $900,000 will be invested to roll out life-saving defibrillators at many of CityRail's busiest stations. Locations include Central, Strathfield, Parramatta, Penrith, Gosford, Maitland and Newcastle.

The units will be delivered progressively as staff are trained in their use.

The initiative follows a successful trial of five Automatic External Defibrillators at several stations in 2007.

Prompt defibrillation after cardiac arrest saves lives - for every minute a patient does not receive defibrillation, his or her chance of survival drops by 10%.

Having defibrillators on site and staff on-hand trained to use them means defibrillation can be administered within minutes, greatly increasing a person's chance of survival.

The lightweight battery-powered devices provide screen and voice prompts to the user, meaning that customers can operate them if required. When activated, the devices automatically summon an ambulance to the scene.

Automatic External Defibrillators are becoming increasingly common on aircraft as well as at airports, stadiums and shopping centres.