Ambulance Victoria Response Times
The Ambulance Victoria 2016/2017 annual report shows that response time targets were not met.
Attendance to code one emergency’s within 15 minuets was 78.3% of the time against a target of 85%
Also better performance was reported for cardiac arrest patients with 50% surviving the trip to hospital.
The numbers show their is a real need for more Defibrillators in the community to improve cardiac arrest survival rates.
For every minuet that passes post cardiac arrest survival rates drop by 10%, so having a defibrillator on hand is critical.
In conclusion while paramedics do a fantastic job, more life saving defibrillators are needed to improve sudden cardiac arrest survival rates.
Restart A Heart Day 2017
October 16 2017 marks Restart a Heart Day for 2017. http://www.restartaheart.net/
Restart a Heart Day aims to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and that anyone can restart a heart.
The aim of Restart A Heart Day is to raise awareness and education of CPR and AED’s / Defibrillators in the community.
The Restart a Heart movement is about people knowing what to do in a sudden cardiac arrest emergency.
- CALL 000 Call for Help Dial 000
- PUSH Commence CPR immediate.
- SHOCK Use a AED / Defibrillator
We are also keen to support this important movement and improve survival rates form 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.