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Defibrillator training for Pakenham Library and U3A

Published: 14 June 2018

Cardinia Shire Central Ward Cr Carol Ryan joined Pakenham Library staff and U3A Pakenham members as they learnt how to use the defibrillator for their premises recently.

Specially designed for bystanders with appropriate training, the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can be used to revive someone who has experienced Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The AED analyses the heart rhythm and diagnoses any life-threatening conditions requiring defibrillation, and when necessary can be used to apply a measured electrical current to the heart.

Cr Carol Ryan joined Pat Frichot, Ian Booker and Cathy Paddock from Pakenham U3A and Jo-Anne Hansford and Moira Eveleens from Pakenham Library to complete the course, which included both defibrillator and CPR training.

Cardinia Shire Central Ward Cr Carol Ryan was thrilled to be participating in the training with the community groups.

“The CPR and defibrillator training is so important for the participants to know when to use a defibrillator and when to do CPR to save someone’s life until an Ambulance arrives on the scene,” Cr Ryan said.

“These local groups now know how to use the on-site equipment properly and I hope more people within our community will take a step forward and participate in this important training. You never know when you’ll need to use it!”