Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be arrested!
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating; the heart’s electrical system malfunctions causing rhythms that is rapid (ventricular tachycardia) or chaotic (ventricular fibrillation) or both. The heart muscle quivers or fibrillates rather than pump blood. Vital organs are immediately deprived of oxygen, causing the victim to collapse. SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes.
The data will tell you that of the 33,000 out of hospital SCA that happen each year – 85% die and only between 6-13% make it past one year. It does not discriminate – it’s not your age, it’s not your fitness level it’s not background – it’s can happen to anyone.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is an external device that delivers an electrical shock to the heart when an arrhythmia is present to restore the heart to a regular rhythm after it has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. In fact, a defibrillator shock is the only definitive treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
What Can You Do?
It’s a topic we don’t want to talk about – but we should because it can happen to anyone at any time. The good news is Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be arrested and the best chance of survival following an arrest is with the urgent use of a defibrillator.
At Defib For Life, our mission is to have defibrillators in every Corporate Office, Government Building, School, Sporting Complex, Industrial Facility, Health Club and Community Facility. Anywhere that can help to save a life!
- A Sudden Cardiac Arrest does not discriminate and can occur without any warning signs;
- There are an estimated 33,000 out of hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) events each year in Australia;
- It is vital that witnesses immediately call 000, start CPR and apply an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). These three dynamic steps alone could significantly improve the chances of survival;
- Anyone can operate an AED, it’s the machine that makes the decision whether to shock or not, not the operator.
“The Chain of Survival” is an internationally recognized standard; when implemented promptly it gives a sufferer the best chance of survival. This is part of todays first aid training and the use of defibrillation is part of the Chain of Survival.
The components of the chain of survival are:
- Early recognition of the event
- Call 000 immediately
- Commence CPR immediately
- Apply a Defibrillation as soon as practical
- Advanced Medical Care by Paramedics on arrival at the scene
- Expedient patient transport to hospital
Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) can be simply and safely operated by just about anyone. Persons rendering assistance in an emergency are Protected by Good Samaritan Acts across Australia.
Install a defibrillator now, don’t wait ’til it’s too late.
Professor Christopher Semsarian
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
“Amongst many achievements to date, I particularly congratulate you for your initiative to raise a greater community awareness regarding sudden cardiac death in the young.
“It is always devastating for the family of a young person who dies unexpectedly, but it’s often the type of tragedy that is distressing for the entire community. Your mission to have defibrillators in all AFL sporting clubs in Victoria was long overdue and an extremely important effort.
“The program is now saving lives and I know you have made it a new goal to ensure that all sporting codes have access to a defibrillator.”
Does your school, club or workplace have a defibrillator? 1 in every 500 people walk around with an undiagnosed heart condition; 33,000 out of hospital events of Sudden Cardiac Arrest occur in Australia each year.
It’s not just the athletes, think about your coaches, the parents, the supporters….everyone who visits your Club. Make sure your Club or workplace is protected with a defibrillator, have an AED on hand….