SA Coroner wants defibrillator training

SA Coroner wants defibrillator training

17 July 2012

A workplace death has prompted the South Australian coroner to call for defibrillator training to be included in first aid training for employees at worksites that have the resuscitation equipment.
 
Coroner Mark Johns also urged employers to ensure employees know where defibrillators are at worksites, and workers with appropriate training to use a defibrillator if a medical emergency arises.
 
His call follows a preliminary investigation into the recent death of an SA workman, Mr Johns said in a statement.
 
"The man died of a heart attack despite valiant attempts by his colleagues, who were trained in first aid, to revive him through standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques (mouth-to-mouth and manual chest compressions)," he said.
 
There was a defibrillator on the wall of a nearby office but none was used until paramedics arrived some minutes later, he said.
 
The coroner said it is not clear whether earlier use would have prevented the death.
 
"(But) I wish to draw this matter to the attention of the general public, to ensure that where defibrillators are available to be used as a possible means of resuscitation, their actual use should be encouraged."
 
 
 
St John include defibrillator demonstration and assessment in the following courses CPR PLUS, Advanced Resuscitation Refresher, Emergency First Aid Plus, Apply First Aid Plus+, Occupational First Aid.