Timely aid could save many lives and the objective of installing the AED was to empower a common man to do his bit to save a life.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) costing Rs. 1.5 lakh to save the lives of those who suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) was installed at the Coimbatore Airport on Thursday as part of the project to Save a Life by the Rotary Club of Coimbatore and Philips Medical India to install these machines in public places.

The machine was installed at the security check area in the departure hall of the Coimbatore Airport in the presence of Airport Director K. Peter Abraham, Project Co-ordinator J. Bala Venkat, Club President K.S. Balakrishnan, Secretary Gurpreet Singh, Project Chairman Sundaravadivelu and Philips National Director Jithesh Mathur.

One in 2000 Indians per year dies due to SCA.

Timely aid could save many lives and the objective of installing the AED was to empower a common man to do his bit to save a life.

Everyone was aware of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), which is an aid given physically while Ventricular Fibrillation is done using a device.

The device would generate an electric shock to the heart muscle to reverse the effects of ventricular fibrillation.

Rotary Club planned to instal 18 such machines at 10 places such as railway station, Collectorate and airport besides bus stand. On July 19, a device was installed on Platform No. 2 of Coimbatore Junction and another one at Coimbatore Collectorate. The third one has been installed now at airport.

At railway station, more than 60 staff had so far been trained to use the device and to save a life. On reviving the heart rhythm, the patient could be put on an ambulance for continuing the treatment while being rushed to the hospital.

Trained

On Thursday, nearly 40 persons belonging to various agencies operating at the airport were trained in using the machine. The project has drawn enormous response from Ganga Hospital, PSG Hospital, KMCH, GKNM, Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine – Coimbatore Chapter, Indian Society of Anaesthesiologist – Coimbatore Branch and Indian Red Cross Society.

Mr. Abraham said that the device would be of immense help in saving the life of a patient who suffers a cardiac arrest. He thanked the sponsors for the same.

He said that another machine at the arrival hall would be of immense help in ensuring instant and swift reaction.

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