WorkSafe Victoria releases guidance on AED use

WorkSafe Victoria has released new guidance on the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace to empower workers to use the device during a cardiac arrest crisis.

According to WorkSafe Victoria, a cardiac arrest is when a person’s heart suddenly stops pumping and can happen to anyone regardless of age or health. It is treated with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or defibrillation using AEDs.

AEDs send a measured electric shock through a person’s heart, with the aim of returning the heart to its regular rhythm once electrical activity resumes. They will not administer a shock to a person’s heart if it is not necessary and the latest AEDs guide operators on their proper use via voice prompts and pictures.

As a result, workers can safely help someone suffering cardiac arrest, knowing that they cannot cause any more harm to the patient, but may save their life.

WorkSafe Victoria’s Health and Safety Executive Director, Julie Nielsen, urged employers to consider installing an AED as a risk control measure.

“Very few people survive a cardiac arrest without swift assistance and the use of an AED might be the difference between life and death,” Nielsen said. “Anyone can use an AED. You do not need specialised training, but you do need access to one to save a life.”

Ambulance Victoria attended 6434 cardiac arrests in 2017–18 and 82 of those patients were successfully defibrillated with a publicly available AED. Currently around 19,000 AEDs are installed in locations across Victoria, but many workplaces still do not have the device, WorkSafe Victoria said.

To help employers effectively install AEDs in their workplace, WorkSafe Victoria suggests:

  • putting the AEDs in a well-known, accessible and visible location;
  • ensuring they are properly set up and ready to use;
  • registering AEDs with Ambulance Victoria to enhance ease of access;
  • demonstrating use of AEDs to staff;
  • performing routine maintenance on the device.

For all your AED needs contact AED Authority on 03 8710 8666

Workers and employers can find the guidance via WorkSafe Victoria’s website.


Kelly’s Hotel knows the benefit of insurance

AHA Member Paul Stocks from Kelly’s Hotel knows the benefit of insurance.  He was one of the first AHA members to take up the Defib offer from AED Authority ensuring his team will be prepared in the event of a patron or staff member suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.

Paul purchased the best device on the market, a LifePak CR2, after completing a risk assessment audit with AED Specialist Jaime Cooper from AED Authority.  Jamie conducted a brief demonstration of how simple the LifePak CR2 is to use to the First Aid Officers from Kelly’s Hotel.

With Pubs and Hotels being the heart of many communities, having a defib on-site increases public safety.  Chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest is 5%, with a defib it rises to a huge 74%!


Australian Hearts

 Across the country, 41 Australians die from a sudden cardiac arrest every single day. This is 41 families each day losing a loved one – it could be a mother, father, grandparent, daughter or son. 41 hearts, 41 tragedies every single day. And most of these deaths are completely preventable. If only an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) was in reach. That’s why the Australian Hearts campaign is calling on the community, business and government to work together. We want to see an Australia where, if a friend or workmate has a heart attack, you’ll be able to find an AED within 3 minutes. We know if it can be done that fast, your friend has a real chance of making a full recovery. Improved access to AEDs isn’t just a good idea. It will ensure everyone gets a second chance at life. Show some heart, sign the petition to demand AEDs be mandatory in every workplace. We are all in this together, so let’s send a message to our decision-makers to mandate the use of AEDs in Australian workplaces, because we need to see AEDs within 3 minutes of 90 per cent of Australians. With 41 tragedies every day in Australia, let’s all help drive the change.


Tell everyone you are a lifesaver!

Join the Ambulance Victoria ‘Good Sam’ register.

Ambulance Victoria is maintaining a register of defibrillators so their ‘Good Sam’ responders can access this life-saving device faster than waiting for an ambulance.
Every minute that CPR and defibrillation are delayed reduces the person’s chance of survival by 10%. A fast response can make the difference between life and death.

AED Authority encourages every organisation with a defibrillator to register with Ambulance Victoria – just go to their website


Tom Petty – Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Tom Petty – Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

The sad loss of  Tom Petty yesterday, struck down by a sudden cardiac arrest.

While the exact situation of what happened is not clear it highlights the shear randomness of SCA.

Also reminds us that we need more access to Defibrillators / AED’s.

A defibrillator is the only way to restart someones heart when SCA occurs.

Talk to your family and people at work about acquiring a defibrillator and guarding against SCA.


Sudden Cardiac Arrest


Why Do I Need A Defibrillator / AED

The Vital First 10 Minutes

The most compelling reason as to why anyone needs to have a defibrillator on hand is that after the first 10 minutes of having a cardiac arrest your survival rates can drop to be less than 10% . The survival rate can drop between 7% to 10% for every minute the patient has to wait for defibrillation.

Our ambulance service and paramedics do a magnificent job with the resources they have available to them, but it doesn’t guarantee that they will get to a patient within that 10 minute window.

The latest Ambulance Victoria Report on ambulance response times  (1st Jan 2016-31st Mar 2016) shows that the state wide average response time for a code one incident (Sudden Cardiac Arrest included) reported that 75.6% of the time, the ambulance arrived less than or equal to 15 mins.  The state average response time was 13:01 with the best average time being Melbourne with 9:51, the worst areas being some rural locations where response times are greater than 20 mins. A quick check shows that these numbers are pretty similar for other states and territories in Australia.

Bearing in mind that early defibrillation and the first 10 mins is key to improving survival rates these numbers show is that survival rates from cardiac arrest can be dramatically improved if people, businesses, sporting clubs and organisations of all types have a defibrillator available to them, then more lives will be saved from cardiac arrest. 

We owe it to our family , workmates and fellow person to be equipped and ready with a defibrillator in the event of an emergency.

Contact us today for more information on a defibrillator that suits your requirements.