Public use Defibrillator

MORE than half of Australians wouldn’t feel confident using a defibrillator on a person in cardiac arrest, new research shows.

A Heart Foundation survey of more than 7000 Australians found 52 per cent would not feel confident using an automated external defibrillator (AED) if they though somebody was suffering a cardiac arrest.

Just 41 per cent would feel confident, with women less likely to feel confident about using the device than men.

The survey also found one in three people had never heard of the lifesaving device often found in public places such as shopping centres, schools and gyms. Early CPR and access to a defibrillator can significantly increase a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest.

The Heart Foundation’s Bill Stavreski urged Australians not to feel hesitant about using the device in an emergency.

Friday is the annual Restart a Heart Day in Australia.

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