WHEN every second counts, everyone can be life-savers now. Penang will place automated external defibrillators (AED) in popular public places.
This will be done in phases under the Penang Heart Safe programme.
The programme includes educating the public on early recognition of cardiac arrest and training them how to use an AED and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
An AED is a portable device that checks the heart’s rhythm. It can be used to send electric shocks to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.
AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. Anyone who has minimal CPR and AED training can use the device to help save a life.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, when launching the programme at the 1st Asia-Pacific Resuscitation Nurses Conference at a hotel on Friday, claimed that Penang was the first state to carry out such a community initiative.
He added that the state government contributed five AEDs while Zoll Medical Corporation contributed another five in the initial phase.
The 10 AEDs will be placed at the Penang Botanic Gardens, Penang Municipal Park, Gurney Drive (MBPP counter), Esplanade (MBPP counter) and Komtar.
Other places are the Civil Defence Department watch tower at the Golden Sands Resort beachfront in Batu Ferringhi, Seberang Prai Municipal Council headquarters, To’kun Hill and the Jalan Betik and Bertam sports complexes.