Early Access to Defibs is Essential In Saving Lives
What is SCA?
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes.
Key words is MINUTES!
The first five minutes holds the key to survival. We need more people of all ages who are trained and willing to provide immediate CPR, more and easily accessible defibrillators and we need a coordinated healthcare system Professor Paul Middleton
How do we get better access to Defibs?
- We can implement a community Defib Access Program to allow the public to assist with the attempt to save life by placing Defibs in a public area eg dinning precinct, family parks where large gatherings of public occur regularly.
- Get Defibs into all sporting clubs, schools, and business centres.
- Businesses allowing access to their Defibs by registering them on a APP to be found by the public and advertising when they can be accessed. To register your device see below
What is the risk of an untrained person using a Defib on someone?
There is very little risk, the devices have been designed with fail safes in place to ensure a shock can only be delivered if the device recognises and need.
Training is recommended in Basic Life Support (Provide CPR), but in saying this the Resus Council in Australia states that anyone could use the device.
Guideline 7 Sec 2. Which rescuers should use an AED?
AED use should not be restricted to trained personnel. Allowing the use of AEDs by individuals without prior formal training can be beneficial and may be lifesaving. Since even brief training improves performance (e.g. speed of use, correct pad placement), it is recommended that training in the use of AEDs (as a part of BLS) be provided. 2,3 [Class A; LOE II, III-1, III-2, IV, extrapolated evidence] The use of AEDs by trained lay and professional responders is recommended to increase survival rates in those who have cardiac arrest.
Why do we need an accessible Defib (AED) program ?
Statistics from QAS indicate their response times are between 8.4 Minutes and 17.1 Minutes state wide.
So it only takes 3-4 MINUTES for brain damage to set in for a SCA patient, to provide a 70% increase in survival it is vital to have early access to a Defib in 3 MINUTES. That is 5.4 minutes before an Ambulance on average will get to you.
For the cost of a personal computer $1200 you could save a life not just one but many in the community.
If you would like to know more about where to get a Defib and what packages are available see below for your options.
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