Automated External Defibrillator

Hong Kong government puts 300 life-saving heart devices in public spaces

Heart-reviving devices known as AEDs will be installed in 250 public venues by next month. Photo: Nora Tam

People who aren't in a hospital when they are stricken by sudden cardiac arrest face grim odds - with the survival rate estimated at a mere 1 to 3 per cent, according to the Hong Kong College of Cardiology.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 10:04am 1 comment

Prepare for the worst

Knowledge of first aid is often undervalued by most people until they find themselves needing to use it.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A must for all work and public places

Our expanding network of MTR stations are generally well served for emergencies by intercom phones, fire extinguishers and the like so people can act to protect life and property before firefighters or ambulancemen arrive.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Keep your finger on the pulse

Every second counts when someone stops breathing. 'For every minute that you do not perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a cardiac arrest victim, the survival rate drops by up to 10 per cent. After 10 minutes, the victim will have almost no chance of survival,' says Abdul Rasheed Doad, training director at the Singapore First Aid Training Centre.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Talkback

Should the government provide defibrillators at all its facilities?

Widespread installation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at government (and private) facilities will definitely save lives.

However, the defibrillators need to be strategically placed and well displayed.

28 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Talkback

How can children be better protected from gambling?

From my perspective, education is the first line of defence in protecting children. A proper attitude towards gambling should be instilled. For example, that money comes from hard work rather than luck.

17 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Doctors call for more defibrillators

The government says it will study over the next two years the feasibility of installing life-saving defibrillators in government buildings and public facilities like sport centres - but medical experts and a lawmaker say that time frame is too long.

9 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Government should have a heart - and save lives

Portable fire extinguishers have long been standard equipment in public areas so people can act to protect life and property before firefighters arrive.

9 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Life-saving defibrillators must be readily available in public places

My company is a distributor of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and I write regarding the incident where a man died outside the Caritas Medical Centre from a cardiac arrest. This is another case where AEDs may have helped to bring about a better conclusion.

4 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

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15 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Review of marine police role suggested

The way marine emergency services operate in Hong Kong has not kept pace with changes on the water, boating and medical experts say.

31 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Revellers can take heart from life-saving move

A portable defibrillator is now available in Lan Kwai Fong

A portable device to help save victims of a sudden heart attack is now available in Lan Kwai Fong under a campaign to promote public awareness of heart disease.

12 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Getting to the heart of the matter

Well, you can take the kid out of Hong Kong, but not entrepreneurial Hong Kong out of the kid, as the young directors of Asia Pad are demonstrating. They provide the type of obvious, but practical, product and service that raises the old question: why has no one thought of it before?

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am