Tatura locals urged to sign up and help restart a heart

By Liz Mellino

A total of 16 Victorians suffer cardiac arrest each day, and only one in 10 survive.

This is the message being shared by Tatura paramedics ahead of Restart a Heart Day this month.

Tatura paramedics are calling on residents to download the GoodSAM app on their smartphone as part of a campaign to encourage people to step in after a cardiac arrest.

Paramedics will be holding CPR displays in Tatura on October 16 to show people what they can do if they see someone suffering cardiac arrest.

“A cardiac arrest happens when someone's heart stops beating,” Ambulance Victoria Tatura team manager Jenna Denley said.

“We know that if a bystander steps in and begins CPR before we arrive, it doubles the person's chance of survival.”

The event is part of Restart a Heart Day, a worldwide campaign to encourage people to learn CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator.

Ms Denley said every minute mattered after a cardiac arrest, with the sooner a person received CPR and the application of a defibrillator the better their chances of survival.

“Bystanders are the critical first link in the chain of survival and can help keep patients alive before our highly trained paramedics arrived,” she said.

Ms Denley encouraged people with first-aid training to download the GoodSAM Responder app, which alerts people to any nearby suspected cardiac arrests and the location of the nearest AED.

The app works by alerting GoodSAM responders to health emergencies, with an alert sent out by the Triple Zero call taker once the emergency is assessed as safe and deemed appropriate for a responder to assist.

“Often these volunteer responders reach a patient before paramedics, and their intervention in those early minutes can help save a life,” Ms Denley said.

Tatura paramedics will be stationed at Stuart Mock Place, on the corner of Hogan St and Francis St in Tatura, on Wednesday, October 16 from 9am to 2pm. Locals can join in on CPR displays along with getting information and signing up for the GoodSAM app.