Bunbury Men’s Shed members have thanked St John of God Bunbury Hospital for their donation of an automatic HeartStart defibrillator to the community organisation.
The device analyses a person’s heart rhythm and can shock a person’s heart back into normal function, if they are in cardiac arrest.
Under voice prompts, the defibrillator can be used at any time, by anyone in an emergency situation.
Hospital executive assistant Kristy Sharpham said that automatic defibrillators are easy to use devices and can save lives.
“The new automatic defibrillator for the Bunbury Men’s Shed will make a big difference to the community organisation and it’s members.
“Early CPR and defibrillation are key links in the ‘chain of survival’ – a process which can help save the lives of people in sudden cardiac arrest.
Ms Sharpham said the six steps in the chain of survival are; early recognition of cardiac arrest, early access to emergency care (calling triple zero), early CPR, early defibrillation, early advanced care (paramedics) and definitive care (hospital).
Bunbury Men’s Shed manager Matt Rapkins said the donation efforts of the hospital are truly amazing and demonstrate their commitment to care in the community.