Do you catch the train to work every day?
New research revealed 77 per cent of people in NSW want Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be made mandatory on public transport help save lives in the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
Currently, AEDs are not compulsory on buses, trains or in businesses in any state in Australia. It’s particularly alarming for public transport areas that are frequented by thousands of Australians every day.
St John Ambulance National CEO, Len Fiori, says having access to a quality defibrillator on public transport and first aid trained employees and drivers is the best way to ensure employees and passengers are safe in the event of a workplace emergency.
Commuters of any age could suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest on a crowded carriage or waiting alone to catch the bus or train after a late night in the office, so it’s imperative that these areas are equipped with this lifesaving equipment.
Just one in five workplaces in NSW have an AED installed, with 73 per cent of employees having received no training in how to use one, a recent Galaxy Research representative survey of 1000 adults showed.
“People often say they are reluctant to administer CPR on someone, but it is those first few minutes after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest that can be the difference between life and death,” says Mr Fiori. He continues, “Defibrillators are very simple to use, and prompt users on how to use them. It’s worth having a go — you could save someone’s life.”
Defib For Life offer Workplace Packages that will ensure your workforce is protected plus face to fact training for you employees to make sure we bust all the myths about how simple our devices are to use and the only thing that will re-start the hear in the case of a SCA.
Ask around at your work place….is there a defibrillator?