AMBULANCE response times have been slashed across the Geelong, Queenscliffe and Surf Coast municipalities, new performance data has revealed. Ambulance Victoria first response performance data for the April 1 to June 30 shows paramedics are responding to code one emergencies faster than ever.
Of 3110 code one responses in the City of Greater Geelong during the quarter, 82.2 per cent were completed in less than 15 minutes, with an average response time of 11 minutes 36 seconds. That result was one minute and 8 seconds faster than the July 1 2016 to September 2016 average, when 76.6 per cent of respondents arrived in less than 15 minutes.
(Nicholas Payne, Geelong Advertiser – August 1, 2017 9:13am)
This is good news for people who may suffer from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, because when a Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs and it is not treated in minutes, it usually causes death.
The data will tell you that of the 30,000 out-of-hospital SCAs that happen each year, 85% of victims die. It doesn’t discriminate – it’s not your age, it’s not your fitness level, and it’s not your background. It can happen to anyone and it happens suddenly – often without warning.
It’s a topic we don’t want to talk about – but we should because it can happen at any time. The good news is Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be arrested and the best chance of survival is to follow the chain of survival:
- Recognise that the victim is suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest
- Call 000 immediately
- Perform CPR
- Apply a defibrillator as soon as practical
- Paramedics provide advanced medical care on arrival at the scene
- Transport patient to hospital