Ambos teach locals to restart a heart

Ambulance Victoria Central Goldfields/ Mount Alexander senior team leader Paul Treloar (right) checks out the CPR skills of community member Jodi Holliday at the Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre last week.

Residents were given the chance to work one-on-one with local paramedics last week to learn some new life saving skills.

Paramedics held CPR displays at the Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre last Tuesday as part of Restart a Heart Day, a worldwide campaign held on October 16 to encourage people to learn CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Ambulance Victoria Maryborough acting team manager Amber Hubbard said 16 Victorians suffer cardiac arrest each day, and only one in 10 survive, highlighting the importance of teaching CPR skills.

“We know that if a bystander steps in and begins CPR before we arrive it doubles the person’s chance of survival,” she said.

Paramedics are also pushing for people with first aid training to download the GoodSAM Responder app, which Ms Hubbard said alerts responders to a nearby suspected cardiac arrest and the location of the nearest AED.

For more on this story see Page 2 of The Advertiser, Friday, October 25

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