Call for AEDs in shopping centres

The automated external defibrillator (AED) devices placed alongside cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) dummies used as part of the demonstration session at the handover ceremony of an AED unit at the Penang Hui Yin Seh Association premises in Lintang Paya Terubong 3, Ayer Itam in Penang.

THe state government has urged shopping malls and supermarkets to have within their premises automated external defibrillator (AED) devices used to treat sudden cardiac arrest.

State Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the AED should also be displayed in a public area which is easily accessible in case of an emergency.

“We are glad that the use of AED is championed by organisations such as Hui Yin Seh which focuses on community welfare.

“However, there seems to be poor response from the corporate sector and private organisations.

“If schools and religious institutions can have their own AED, why not the shopping malls and hotels?,” he said at the mass AED and CPR programme at Wisma Hui Yin Seh in Lintang Paya Terubong 3 in Ayer Itam, Penang, on Sunday.

He added that Penang would have a policy for buildings to be equipped with AED units.

“We encourage private institutions to make the move instead of waiting until the matter is made compulsory,” he said.

He added that Penang has about 50 AED units installed in public spaces and more than 25,000 people trained in CPR and AED.

ZOLL Medical Corporation presented an AED unit to Hui Yin Seh during the event which was attended by over 200 participants.

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.

Anyone who has minimal CPR and AED training can use the device to help save a life.

And when the device is opened, a voice-guide will help people place pads on the chest and deliver electric shocks correctly.

There are also instructions in diagrams on the unit to show users how to stick the electrode-sensor pads on the chest of someone having a cardiac arrest.

Through the pads, the AED’s computer will analyse the patient’s heart rhythm and issue an electric shock if needed.

Separately, Dr Afif urged the people to download the ‘Predict and Beat Dengue’ app in their mobile phones to alert them when they entered a dengue hotspot.

The free app, available via Google Play Store and Apple App Store, is part of the state’s efforts to combat dengue in Penang.

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