The Lord Howe Island Board (LHIB) has recently purchased an additional Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) boosting the number of island accessible AEDs available in public areas. This latest acquisition has been installed on the inside western wall of the Ned’s Beach shed.
Locations of LHI AEDs:
- Community Hall - one on the veranda
- LHIB Administration - two outside the offices
- Airport Terminal - one near door to baggage claim area
- Ned’s Beach shed
In a situation of cardiac arrest, the introduction of an AED device doubles the likelihood of a successful resuscitation.
You cannot harm a patient by incorrect use of an AED. The fully automated device will not ‘shock’ a patient unless required.
If you witness or come across a person who has collapsed, follow the
Resuscitation Action Plan:
D Danger Look around for any dangers to you and patient
R Responsive Check for responsiveness
A Airway Tilt head
B Breathing Listen for breathing. Visually check rise and fall of chest
C CPR Start CPR. 2 breaths and 30 chest compressions
D Defib Attach AED pads to bare chest and follow voice instructions
Continue to deliver the 30 compressions and 2 breaths until the Defib unit advises you to stop, or professional help arrives. During shocks the Defib unit will advise you and others to keep clear.
There are a number of on-line video demonstrations available, including:
The strategic positioning of AED units at publicly accessible areas around the island is providing a safer environment for the LHI community and visitors.
Any further information required, please contact Jim McFadyen LHIB 6563 2066 ext 20.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Date: 9 February 2021