ARMIDALE MEN’S SHED FEELING SAFER WITH DEFIBRILLATOR FUNDING

ARMIDALE MEN’S SHED FEELING SAFER WITH DEFIBRILLATOR FUNDING

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, right, congratulates Armidale Men’s Shed President Roy Powell on securing the funding to purchase the shed’s first Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Thursday, 19 July 2018

MEMBERS of the Armidale Men’s Shed will have a much needed boost to their First Aid kit thanks to $2,995 in funding secured by local State MP Adam Marshall to purchase a life-saving Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

“The Men’s Shed wrote to me in June this year concerned that they didn’t have a defibrillator onsite and the implications for their members and guests should someone take a turn for the worst,” Mr Marshall said.

“These are now common place at sporting grounds and other areas where people of multiple ages congregate.

“I was happy to take their request for support up with the Premier and was delighted when the she agreed to fund the cost of the device.

“Now the volunteers at the shed have a new addition to their first aid kit and can respond quickly in case of emergency. Often it is that initial window that can make all the difference to a patient’s outcome while Ambulance paramedics are on their way.”

Statistically, for every minute that a person is not receiving defibrillation or CPR after a sudden cardiac event, their chances of making a full recovery decrease by 10 per cent. This means for someone who has had a heart attack, a five-minute delay reduces their chances of survival by half.

“These small portable defibrillators are easy to use and the latest models actually talk to the user through how to use them in case of emergency,” Mr Marshall said. “Men are also more at risk of heart attacks the risk increasing steadily from age 40 onwards and I commend the volunteers for being prepared for any emergency.”

Armidale Men’s Shed President Roy Powell agrees.

“It one of those things that nice to know you have,” Mr Powell said. “You hope you never need it but if something does happen we are now prepared.”

The Armidale Men’s Shed is a not-for-profit organisation located at 215 Mann Street. A fully operational carpentry and joinery facility, the Shed is able to make custom pieces as well as restore furniture. They can be contacted by calling 6772 5899 or emailing shed@armidalemensshed.com.au

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