Request to register AEDs with app

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by Alexia Johnston

Defibrillators save lives – and making sure the devices across South Canterbury are registered with the AED Locations app will also increase the chance of survival.

A range of community automated external defibrillator (AED) initiatives has meant dozens of the resuscitation devices are located throughout the district, many of which are listed on the AED Locations app.

A St John spokesman said registering them with the app, as well as informing St John, meant the organisation could direct a 111 caller to one of the devices if they could see one was nearby.

Encouraging people to register publicly accessible defibrillators comes just days after it was reported a man in New Plymouth died after going into cardiac arrest.

No-one trying to assist the man knew there was a registered defibrillator across the road at a local hotel.

“While there is no legal requirement for St John to be informed of the location of every publicly installed AED around New Zealand, we would encourage people to let us know, as well as notifying the AED Locations app, and informing us directly of lock-box codes,” a St John spokesman said.

“AEDs are a vital tool in saving lives and, ideally, lock-boxes would not be required to ensure the timely access to AEDs.”

Another app, GoodSAM, has been launched to help people during a medical event.

People trained in resuscitation are encouraged to register on the app so they can be notified if a person suspected to be in cardiac arrest is near them.

More than 50 AEDs are registered on the app in Timaru.

Temuka and Geraldine each have more than 10 and Fairlie has five.

The wider Mackenzie district has more than 20.