Wednesday, April 17, 2024

NSW trains to trial onboard defibrillators

Potentially life-saving equipment is being installed on coaches across 53 NSW TrainLink routes to ensure safer journeys on long trips in remote areas.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Jenny Aitchison said a trial was being rolled out that will result in Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) being installed on all TrainLink timetabled coaches servicing routes of more than 4 hours.

“Defibrillators save lives. It’s as simple as that, which is why this initiative is so important on NSW TrainLink coach services,” Ms Aitchison said.

“These coaches provide a great connection for our regional communities but some travel long distances through remote parts of the state, which can make it difficult to access medical assistance quickly.”

Chief Executive of NSW TrainLink, Peter Allaway said placing defibrillators on coaches grew from an idea initiated internally by passionate staff.

“This trial specifically targets longer routes where there may be mobile black spots or emergency response times might take longer,” Mr Allaway said.

“This will benefit coach customers, drivers, and rural and remote communities as a whole, providing even safer public transport.”

Elliot Williams from St John Ambulance NSW said only a small percentage of people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest without CPR or a defibrillator being administered.

“Each year 30,000 people in Australia experience a sudden cardiac arrest. Currently only 1 in 10 survive,” Mr Williams said.

“In a cardiac arrest, seconds count. When administered quickly, early CPR and using a defibrillator can increase a person’s chances of survival by up to 70%.”

Heart Week (May 1 to 7) is Australia’s national heart health awareness campaign, which provides an opportunity for everyone to take positive steps to reduce heart disease risk.

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