Reason for Celebration

13 Lives Saved – What a reason to celebrate!

Every time we hear of a save the team at Defib for Life are over the moon with excitement because it means that your Mum or Dad, son, daughter, cousin, best mate or valued volunteer at your sporting club is still here, living their life because there was a defibrillator near by to save their life.

These everyday people were participating in everyday activities when they had a sudden cardiac arrest. Without the use of an AED they wouldn’t be here today to celebrate the festive season with their family and friends.

Here are some of their stories

  • In January a Cardiac Science G5 unit was used on a 52 year old male at the Caulfield RSL. He was taken to the Alfred Hospital where they were able to monitor his recovery. The ambos took the AED unit with them to the hospital and the medical staff were able to download the crucial data that was recorded by the unit. This enabled them to assist him to get back to good health more quickly.
  • Another January save, this time at the Garfield Golf Course where a male golfer collapsed whilst playing golf with his brother and some mates. One of the mates ran to get the Cardiac Science G5 unit located in the club house, his brother started CPR whilst the other mate called 000. The AED was used successfully. They opened the lid, followed the recorded instructions and shocked the patient. When the ambulance arrived they were able to stabilise him and transfer him to hospital.
    He is now out playing golf again.
  • The St Ives Soccer Club has certainly had its ups and downs. One of their members had not survived a SCA in 2015 as they didn’t have a defibrillator on hand. After raising funds (and awareness) they purchased a defibrillator through Defib For Life. This year that unit was used on a young male player successfully.

    “It was wonderful to see that a life could be saved because of the fundraising efforts from St Ives, quick awareness on the day and the awareness of what had happened to Emin. Had Emin’s tragedy not occurred, the events of a few weeks ago may not have had such a lifesaving ending.” Mrs Rufati, wife of Emin Rufati.

  • A 15 year old male working at a McDonalds in Dandenong would not be alive today if it were not for his quick thinking young colleagues. They knew where the AED was located, they followed the instructions and they were able to save their friend. Many people aren’t aware that young, fit people can suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. It currently claims the life of 2 -3 kids each year. In this case the story had a great outcome and the young man can enjoy the holidays with his mates.

If you know of a story and would like to share it with us, please email us – sue@defibforlife.org.au

We never hope that an AED needs to be used; what we do hope for is that if someone has a sudden cardiac arrest, there is an AED nearby to be able to save their life. The only thing that re-starts the heart is a defibrillator. Make sure you know where the closest one is in your community.

GRANT ALERT

The Defib For Life team a few weeks ago were award the tender for the NSW Office of Sport AED grant program – we are part of the successful panel contract!

What that means for you though is that the NSW Government are offering a Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocating $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).

This Grant Program provides NSW sports clubs the opportunity to acquire an AED package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.

Not all AED units are the same and not all packages are the same. Click here to see why your Club should choose a Defib for Life package – and ask our team how we can help you with your application for your grant. Applications close soon – so don’t wait til its too late.

Young Basketball Player Saved

We love finding stories like this to share with you! We wished that the Sudden Cardiac Arrest didn’t happen in the first place, but we are so glad to read that this young basketball player is alive and well – because his club had taken it upon themselves to make sure that their first aid kit extended to having an automatic external defibrillator on hand. Have a chat to your club – and have a chat to one of our team if you want to learn more about how to make your club a safer place for your athletes, coaches, volunteers and parents alike.

Enjoy the story.

Check out this story of a 16 year old American basketball player who was brought back to life after suffering a SCA on the court. Without the use of this life saving machine, he would not be alive.

On trains and buses

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?

Student saved by school staff

Did you know that Sudden Cardiac Arrest does occur in young, fit children? Currently it claims the life of 2-3 kids a week in Australia and these kids are walking around without showing any symptoms of an unknown heart condition.

Many steps for preventing Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (SCDY) have been identified, beginning with increasing public awareness of SCDY risk factors, cardiac symptoms, and appropriate actions.

Another step is to increase community knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).The young person in this story survived because the people around her knew how to administer CPR and most importantly they had a lifesaving AED at their school.

One of those topics that we might not want to talk about but the more we do, the more we can be educated against the risks and be in a position to respond in an emergency.

Take a minute to ask at your childs school or their sports club – do they have an AED on hand?

Have you ever heard the term Chain of Survival used?

The chain of survival is just a serious of steps (forming a virtual “chain”) which give the best chance of survival from a sudden (SCA). If all the steps of the chain are followed promptly, then the victim has the best chance of surviving the cardiac arrest.

Early recognition and call for help

Early contact should be made to the emergency services after a cardiac arrest is recognised.

Early CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should be commenced immediately after a cardiac arrest has occurred (ie, the patient has stopped breathing). Anyone can perform CPR, and ideally there should be no interruption in CPR before the ambulance arrives.

Early defibrillation followed by Advanced Life Support 

A defibrillator is an electrical device which delivers a shock to the heart in an attempt to correct any abnormal electrical activity which has caused the cardiac arrest.

At Defib For Life Our not-for-profit package gives you a choice between the leading two AED’s on the market, face to face training and a 7 or 8 year warranty on product, pads and battery.

The peace of mind that comes with a defibrillator will be yours in no time! Unsure about which product is right for you?

Call 1300 880 309 or request a call back.

Post resuscitation care

Appropriate advanced post-resuscitation care in a hospital is essential to improving long term survival for the patient. This care should be accessed as quickly as possible after the cardiac arrest has occurred.

Shocktober Events

We found an interesting article and thought you might like to read it. Its “Shocktober” in October – if you have any articles about whats going on in your community, then send us a link…..sally@defibforlife.org.au

Monday 16th October is re-start a heart day

Launched in 2014 by the European Resuscitation Council, Restart a Heart Day is an international campaign that aims to raise awareness of cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AEDs) through face-to-face education & social media.

Some quick facts.

  • Only 1 in 10 survive a cardiac arrest.
  • Starting CPR immediately is one of most critical factors in surviving cardiac arrest.
  • For every minute that CPR is delayed, cardiac arrest survival decreases by 10%.
  • Bystander CPR has increased by 20% over the past decade.
  • Chances of survival double if shocked by a public AED before paramedics arrive.
  • Anyone can use an AED. You don’t need to be trained.

Do you know the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack?

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally, affecting almost 50,000 people each day. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and heart attack are two common cardiovascular diseases with low survival rates.

It is a common misunderstanding that sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack are the same thing. Knowing the differences between these diseases and how to take immediate action is essential to maximising a victim’s chances of survival.

When either SCA or a heart attack occurs, it’s imperative you call local emergency services. And if the victim has no pulse, immediately start CPR, and find an automated external defibrillator (AED).

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Does your local sporting ground, school, community hub or workplace have an Automatic External Defibrillator to use in the case of an emergency? Make your community a safer place to live and install one NOW!

“Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) fact sheet.” World Health Organization.

Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.

September is “National Preparedness Month”, and Defib For Life, along with our supplier ZOLL have some suggestions as to how you, your school, your faculty, or office can ensure your environment has an emergency readiness plan.

Sudden cardiac arrest symptoms are often immediate, giving little warning, and are drastic.

  • Sudden collapse
  • No pulse
  • No breathing
  • Loss of consciousness

What to do if you Suspect Cardiac Arrest?

  • Call 000
  • Start CPR and
  • Apply and Automatic External Defibrillator.

Timely use of an AED could mean the difference between life and death. September is nearly over, but planning ahead should never be. Don’t wait til its too late.

Here is some information on National Preparedness Month along with some tips to ensure you are prepared.