The safety of Goolwa residents has improved by the installation of a Heart Start defibrillator in the shopping centre by the Rotary Club of Goolwa, supported by the centre management.
Defibs are credited with increasing survival by up to 80 per cent if applied to patients within five minutes of suffering a heart attack.
The modern unit, which is on a support pylon in the public area of the centre immediately adjacent to the chemist shop, has a wi-fi feature which communicates with ambulance staff travelling to the emergency.
De-fibs apply an electric shock to patients who have suffered a heart attack or trauma, which causes the heart to go into a state of fibrillation. The shock applied can bring the heart back into regular beat.
This unit is automatic and remotely checks the condition of the patient, and give the operator instructions before applying any shock.
Arrangements are being made to demonstrate the use of this equipment to shopping centre staff, and familiarise them in the position of the unit.