Greater chance of survival from cardiac arrest at Barossa hotels and clubs

Photo: Nine
Photo: Nine

Barossa and nearby towns are among the latest to share in the roll out of 300-plus defibrillators in pubs and clubs across the state.

The lifesaving equipment has been introduced under a state partnership between Australia Hotels Association and St John Ambulance.

It means an investment of $750,000 in equipment, which has the potential to save lives.

SA AHA general manager Ian Horne says being able to access a defibrillator in the first 10 minutes of a cardiac arrest is crucial to a person’s survival.

Alarmingly, data from a recent Monash University study found South Australians suffering an out of hospital cardiac arrest had a 9.9 per cent chance of survival, compared to 11.9 per cent in Victoria and 13 per cent in New Zealand.

“Local residents and tourists frequently gather at pubs and clubs, and the venues provide an obvious and important home for these life-saving devices which are user-friendly and available 24/7," Mr Horne shared.

He said the role and location of hotels and clubs in regional and rural settings was critical to the partnership decision.

Defibrillators will be installed at:

  • Barossa Valley Golf Club
  • Blanchetown Hotel
  • Central Hotel - Riverton
  • Riverton Hotel
  • Clare Castle Hotel - Kapunda
  • Eudunda Hotel Motel
  • Freeling Bowling Club
  • Freeling Hotel
  • North Kapunda Hotel
  • Prince of Wales Hotel
  • Sir John Franklin Hotel

The defibrillators will also be integrated with SA Ambulance Service’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Register.

This means country callers to Triple Zero (000) can be immediately directed to their nearest device location, if an ambulance is unable to arrive within the critical time frame for cardiac arrests.

The use of the defibrillator has easy to follow instructions, via an automated voice assisting them with the resuscitation process, and a shock will only be administered if necessary.