They’re portable packs in big red boxes, and they could help save lives.
More automated external defibrilators (AEDs) have been installed at Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust (ŌCHT) homes.
A new one was unveiled at Knightsbridge Lane in Aranui, and more followed for Bridgewater Courts in South Brighton, and at Reg Stillwell Place in New Brighton.
The AEDs were donated by the St John Christchurch Area Committee and are available for emergency use by residents and the wider community.
The AED delivers a controlled shock to restore a normal heartbeat when a person has a life-threatening cardiac arrest.
More than 900 AEDs are registered as being publicly available in Christchurch. The latest additions are among about two dozen registered for use in Aranui, New Brighton and South Brighton.
ŌCHT senior housing advisor Robert Hardie says the AEDs provide peace of mind.
“It means the people closest to a situation can respond quickly, even as they talk to emergency staff over the phone,” Mr Hardie said.
“We are grateful to St John for the donation, and for giving residents and the wider community the means to save lives.”
St John Clinical Advisor Hauora Māori Michelle Brett says the AEDs are available for use by the wider community, directed by emergency call centre staff.
The 111 call handler will tell the caller where the nearest AED is, and how to access it.
Each AED has its own, easy to follow instructions. It also gives voice prompts to the user, to ensure it is used safely and correctly.
There are also AEDs at Haast Courts (Linwood), Harman Courts (Addington), Mary McLean Place (Woolston) and Jecks Place (Avonside).
They are potentially life-saving community resources.
If used within 3 to 5 minutes of collapse due to a cardiac arrest, an AED can increase survival rates by up-to 44 per cent.
It is estimated more than 2000 New Zealanders will suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital each year. A bystander will perform CPR for 72% of cardiac arrests.