News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


New Zealand Resuscitation Council supports workplace AEDs

New Zealand Resuscitation Council supports workplace AEDs

15 March 2016

“The New Zealand Resuscitation Council strongly favours public access to defibrillation”, said Dr Richard Aickin, Chair of New Zealand Resuscitation Council. Aickin made the comment in response to the removal of Bunnings Dunedin store’s automated external defibrillator (AED), which was installed following a fundraiser by the store’s social club. The AED has recently been removed at Bunnings management’s request, citing company policy.

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council says that use of AEDs need not be restricted to trained personnel. Aickin noted that AEDs are designed to guide an untrained user to take the correct actions to save a life. “Modern AEDs are very safe and can be used anywhere. Anyone can use them”, said Aickin, adding that the rescuer need only turn on the AED and follow the prompts.

“In the event of cardiac arrest, a defibrillating shock may be the difference between life and death”, said Aickin. For every minute that a person in cardiac arrest does not receive a defibrillating shock, their chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council also strongly recommends that people learn CPR and first aid. A person who has a cardiac arrest needs immediate CPR together with rapid application of an AED. They will have the best chance of survival if bystanders are able to take immediate action rather than awaiting the arrival of emergency services.

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council said that although Bunnings’s move to donate the Dunedin store AED to another organisation was laudable, the Council was concerned that the company’s policy may be based on an incorrect belief about the risks and benefits of public access to AEDs. The ideal is to have AEDs placed in as many locations as possible where they can be rapidly accessed by members of the public. Aickin said customers, staff, emergency response teams and the public having certainty that an AED was in a given location was valuable, since time is critical for survival. “Access to an AED can be a game-changer, even in communities that have rapid backup from emergency services”, added Aickin.

“We applaud communities who have taken it upon themselves to improve access to AEDs”, said Aickin. “We challenge all workplaces to consider whether they are equipped and ready should somebody collapse on their premises.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

IHC Tribute: Colin Meads

"While Colin is best known for rugby, to us he is one of a small number of distinguished IHC New Zealand Life Members recognised for their significant support for people with intellectual disabilities," says IHC Chief Executive Ralph Jones. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Tilting at Turbines - The Trip to Spain

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have now both broken the Big Fifty barrier, which seems to have brought a whole new level of angst to their midlife adventures ... More>>

Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>


NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

Kid Lit: Lost Mansfield Story Discovered At Wellington Library

Previously undiscovered letters and a story written by a young Katherine Mansfield were recently unearthed in Wellington City Library’s archives by a local author researching a book about the famous writer. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland