IPOH: Perak is the latest state to have automated external defibrillator (AED) placed at selected locations.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye (pic) said Penang, Kedah and Sabah already had AEDs placed at strategic locations.
“Having AEDs in public areas is important during emergencies.
“The machine can automatically read and interpret a victim’s heart and rhythm to determine if he or she needs defibrillation, ” he said after the Perak AED Save-a-life programme here yesterday.
A defibrillator delivers a dose of electric current (often called a counter-shock) to the heart.
Dr Lee said the four AEDs were located at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park, D.R Seenivasagam Park, Tuanku Zara Aquatic Centre and Ipoh Padang.
“We plan to add more once approval is received, ” he said.
Dr Lee also said that the ministry would get in touch with the Education Ministry for students to be taught how to use AED.
He said cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED operating programmes should be taught at secondary schools.
“If every Malaysian leaving school is equipped with life-saving skills, we will have a large pool of CPR providers, ” he said.
Dr Lee said among the main causes of death from coronary diseases was cardiac arrest.
“In 2018,18,000 Malaysian died from coronary diseases. This is equivalent to 50 deaths daily and the number continues to rise every year.
“So it is crucial to have more people knowing how to operate an AED, ” he said.