Campaign to get more AEDs

Tuesday, June 6th 2017, 10:04AM

With sudden cardiac arrest being the leading cause of death in New Zealand adults, Cigna and GrownUps have today joined Heart Saver’s Become a Heart Saver campaign to help address the issue.

Every day five Kiwis suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest and approximately 1500 New Zealanders die every year as a result. Simply having an AED to hand within three minutes can more than double a patient’s chance of survival.

To ensure more New Zealanders have access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), the number of units available in New Zealand must increase from 6,000 currently available to best practice standards of 10,000.

"We started the Become a Heart Saver campaign with the intention of getting more AEDs around the country, making them more available to everyday Kiwis. It was our goal to give away 12 AEDs over 12 months to community groups, schools or not for profit organisations in the hope of saving more lives,” Heart Saver Managing Director Mike Mander says.

Cigna and GrownUps have joined the programme and now the aim is to give away two AEDs a month.

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