Defibrillators installed at Eyre Peninsula pubs

NEW: Franklin Harbour Hotel owner Brenton Woodhead with the new defibrillator unit at his pub.
NEW: Franklin Harbour Hotel owner Brenton Woodhead with the new defibrillator unit at his pub.

Almost every pub in the Eastern Eyre region will soon be a place to count on in an emergency.

The Australian Hotels Association (AHASA) has partnered with St John Ambulance SA to install over 300 defibrillator units outside hotels across the state.

The Cleve Hotel was first to be added to the program, and received their unit in December last year.

Recently the AHASA announced the Franklin Harbour Hotel, Commercial Hotel in Cowell, Hotel Arno, Port Neill Hotel and Darke Peak Hotel would all have units installed in coming weeks.

AHASA general manager Ian Horne said country people were at a "geographical disadvantage" in accessing urgent medical attention.

"The role and location of hotels and clubs in regional and rural settings was critical to the partnership decision," he said.

"Local residents and tourists frequently gather at pubs and clubs, and the venues provide an obvious and important home for these life-saving devices."

St John Ambulance SA chief executive officer Michael Cornish said the chance of surviving a heart attack reduced dramatically every minute use of a defibrillator was delayed.

"Regional cardiac arrest victims have little chance of survival without an easy-to-access, user friendly, resuscitation alternative available 24/7," he said.

"The user of a defibrillator can easily follow the instructions via an automated voice to asses them with the resuscitation process and a shock will only be administered if it's necessary."

The units will all be integrated with the SA Ambulance Service's Automated External Defibrillator Register that will direct Triple Zero callers to their locations in an emergency.