Locater app helps save cardiac patient

  • 21/11/2015
Locater app helps save cardiac patient

Police used an app on a smartphone to locate the nearest defibrillator to help save the life of a woman who collapsed at a Nelson tennis club.

Nelson area commander, Inspector Mat Arnold-Kelly, released a statement today explaining how the woman, who suffered a cardiac arrest at the Stoke Tennis Club on Wednesday evening, was helped by police officers.

He said officers quickly realised the woman needed urgent medical attention and started cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

"They used an app on their smartphones to locate the nearest defibrillator, which was at a local supermarket. Thankfully they were able to get the defibrillator and successfully restarted the woman's heart."

Insp Arnold-Kelly said the incident highlighted the value of defibrillators being kept in public places.

He also encouraged people to download the defibrillator app to their smartphones.

"You never know when you might need it," he said.

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