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…

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.

GoodSAM App….what a great idea – what does everyone think?

Neil Mitchells 3AW Mornings show had a recent interview with Dr Mark Wilson, the developer of GoodSAM App.

GoodSAM App – is a web based platform (access via an App) designed to focus on gathering a register of people who are trained in CPR who can register to be part of the program. It’s all about finding a way to utilise a community of people to be available when a SCA occurs until an ambulance arrives.

The App integrates with a computer dispatch system (000). If someone dials 000 and says certain words it triggers the GoodSAM App which alerts the trained responders so they can attend the event, begin CPR, and apply a defibrillator.

The App is going live in early 2018 in Victoria so they are trying to map locations of all AED’s in Victoria prior to that. At the moment they only have location of 10% – 15% of AED’s.

At Defib For Life we certainly know of hundreds of defibrillators that have gone out there through our program – do you think this tool can help?

If so, you can register your AED unit at Ambulance VIC or GoodSAM App.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest and cardiovascular disease does not discriminate

One of the things we love working at Defib For Life, is each week we are learning something new.

With a number of other priorities on our list this week, we were talking to one of the soccer clubs who have just put in a series of AED units; we focus on the players, often men and yet its often the women on the committee doing the organising or the research to ensure their community is a safer place to be. Then we asked ourselves, I wonder how sudden cardiac arrest effects women – this is what we learned.

Women are just as much at risk of sudden cardiac arrest and cardiovascular disease as men, however the message is not getting through.

It does not discriminate – it’s not your age, it’s not your fitness level it’s not background and it is not your gender – it can happen to anyone.

The following article reveals Cardiovascular disease is the single biggest killer of Australian women, claiming the lives of 31,000 every year with in and out of hospital events.

Keep up the hard work in fundraising, writing grants, lobbying your council or sporting body – every sporting club, community hall or stadium and indeed your workplace should have one.

Don’t wait til its too late.

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Community Bank helping the Community

Defib For Life are proud to be part of the Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank Branch achievements.

How amazing is this video?  Well done Toni and team and the Community Partners who were involved – Inner North Community Foundation, Northcote Park Football & Social Club, Collingwood Little Athletics Centre, Alphington Primary School and our friends at Defib For Life. ♥️♥️

We are proud to be a Community Bank and to have contributed over $1.7million to our local community.

Thank you to Carol and to all our customers for making our community a great place to live, work play and grow.

4 big causes of sudden cardiac arrest

Ventricular fibrillation causes most sudden cardiac arrests (SCAs). V-fib is a type of arrhythmia.

During v-fib, the ventricles (the heart’s lower chambers) don’t beat normally. Instead, they quiver very rapidly and irregularly. When this happens, the heart pumps little or no blood to the body. V-fib is fatal if not treated within a few minutes.

Other problems with the heart’s electrical system also can cause SCA.

Certain diseases and conditions can cause the electrical problems that lead to SCA. Examples include coronary heart disease (CHD), severe physical stress; certain inherited disorders; and structural changes in the heart.

My UK Trip

During my recent family trip to the UK, I couldn’t help but continually notice the placement of AED’s, something that has become second nature for me since we started Defib For Life in 2010.

Our journey commenced at Tullamarine airport Melbourne, where AED’s have been in place now for many years and have been responsible for saving many lives. Throughout my journey I passed through 6 airports and like Tullamarine these airports all had strategically placed AED’s. Thankfully, it appears that the placement of AED’s in international airports has become the norm.

It was pleasing to see that government departments around the world clearly understood the importance of AED’s as indicated by the proliferation of defibrillators at international airports, or do they?  For some reason they have not felt it necessary to mandate them in locations other than international airports. In my opinion, the main reason why defibrillators are policy at international airports and not elsewhere is to safe guard them against the embarrassment of an international incident should an overseas traveler die suddenly of a cardiac arrest whilst in transit.

Throughout my travels outside of the airport system, AED’s did appear ad-hoc across the UK, mostly at large shopping centres and tourist attractions. What was quite interesting to me though was that defibrillators had become common in the small village setting. The common theme was that most had been purchased through their local community either via a fundraiser or a substantial donation by a single resident.

Help is just around the corner!

Thanks to some great conversations with some key sporting clubs at local level, we started looking around for some ways to help out with clubs who needed support with funding. With our looking came a whole host of different government grants which support the purchase of one of our Defib For Life packages….how cool is that!

Whats even cooler is that we have done the research on when they all open, when they close and also some tips on writing your application and some information for your application. Here is the TASMANIAN one which opens today….but stick around if you are in another state as they are coming up.

If you are not in our data base, simply send us an email and that way you will be on our alerts for your state. We will let you know when they open, send you some useful stuff to include and remind you prior to closure too.

So many out there want to ensure their communities are safe, which is great. This is getting you another step closer.

Keep in touch and let us know how we can help, or how you get on.

Don’t wait til its too late.