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St John and the ILT Foundation: Our AEDs Help Save Lives

St John and The ILT Foundation are continuing to work together for the Invercargill
community through the life-saving provision of community automated external
defibrillators (AEDs).

St John has recently received $28,200 from the Foundation to replace pads and
batteries for the 76 AEDs which were paid for by the ILT Foundation and installed in
the community.  Training in use of the AEDs is included in this.

It is important for St John and the ILT Foundation to be updating the equipment.  The number of AEDs in the Invercargill community is one of the reasons for the city recently being named a Heart Safe community.

Dr Watts who is Clinical Director at Southland Hospital Emergency Department,
has found many instances where use of one of the AEDs has been
lifesaving, and they have also been used in situations where the patients saved were
young and have returned to full, active and productive lives.

Dr Watts says, "Clearly not only these survivors but their families and the local
community as a whole have benefited from this. The cost of the initial placement and
training and the subsequent battery replacement and servicing is in our opinion
money very well spent."