We’ve put together seven simple reasons why you need an AED, but the first one says it all…
AEDS SAVE LIVES
Knowing CPR isn’t enough.
Only an AED will shock an arrested heart back into a normal rhythm.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in Australia
Sadly, 90% of Australians do not make it home after experiencing SCA.
AEDs are easy to use
Verbal and visual prompts provide step by step guidance, meaning even the untrained can use a defibrillator. These simple but sophisticated devices analyse a person’s heart rhythm and advise if a shock is needed. An AED won’t shock someone if they don’t need it.
Anyone can go into cardiac arrest
Not limited to older people, sudden cardiac arrest can strike men, women, and children of any age. It can happen anywhere at anytime. The only definitive treatment is defibrillation.
An AED 'buys time' until emergency services arrive
In Australia the average time it takes for an ambulance to arrive is 8-12 minutes. That’s a long time to wait when the chance of survival drops by 10% every minute that goes by without CPR and defibrillation.
You’re more likely to use it than your fire extinguisher
And every building has a fire extinguisher, doesn’t it? You should never be more than a three minute round trip from an AED.
Being prepared is better than feeling helpless
Minutes matter when sudden cardiac arrest strikes. Having an AED on site means being prepared.