PM Malcolm Turnbull meets rail worker Kulwinder Singh at Central Station in Sydney.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took to facebook after meeting Sydney Trains worker Kulwinder Singh, who saved the life of passenger Michael Williams at Central Station in 2011. Apparently, the meeting has taught the prime minister the value of fully monitored defibrillators, just in time for #Shoctober, Australia's national defibrillator awareness month. In all, 26 lives have been saved on Sydney Trains after an extended rollout of fully monitored Automated External Defibrillator systems to platforms and trains since 2009.
A rollout of automated external defibrillators to Sydney trains and platforms begun in 2009 has saved 26 lives, Sydney Trains said during #Shoctober.
Mr JONATHAN O'DEA (Davidson—Parliamentary Secretary) [7.59 p.m. 13 October 2015]:
Cardiac arrest causes thousands of preventable deaths in Australia every year. In New South Wales 3,800 people experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest every year, with around 90 percent subsequently dying.
The thought of having a sudden cardiac arrest away from medical help is a frightening one. Sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating. A problem with the heart’s inbuilt electrical system leads to an abnormal heart rhythm — most commonly ‘ventricular fibrillation’ or ‘V-fib’. This is a medical emergency that needs to be treated right away.
This article by journalist Glenn Morrison appeared in the recent BUPA corporate subscriber newsletter, Wellness.
Brad Golding remembers nothing about the evening of Feburary 5. But the 16-year-old knows he is alive because of quick thinking soccer mates and a nearby defibrillator.
A Sydney electronics technician and father of three survived a cardiac arrest at Redfern railway station thanks to a state-of-the-art automated external defibrillator.