What is Sudden cardiac arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest

The brain normally sends electrical signals to the heart in order for it to pump blood through the body and keep our organs running. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when there is a disruption to that electrical current causing an irregular heartbeat. With this disruption, the heart cannot pump blood to the rest of the body or its vital organs. The victim will lose consciousness and needs immediate help. The only way to help the victim is by using the defibrillator. To learn more visit our website!

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. https://lnkd.in/gANGdcC

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 https://www.ambulance.vic.gov.au/community/community-partnerships/register-my-aed/

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.

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