Defibrillators in Soccer Clubs throughout Australia

Another unremarkable day, turned in to a day that the Austral Soccer Club wished they never had to go through – the club or the local Sydney family.

The Defib For Life team was looking through general on-line posts regarding Automatic External Defibrillators in Soccer Clubs throughout Australia, as we start to ramp up our work in the sporting code of Soccer. Defib For Life wants to help as many people as we can by linking different sources and references to the facts that defibrillators save lives….and we found this Channel 7 story.

Melissa Doyle’s words are something that we hear far too often – but with a little fundraising or budget allocation and a decision to protect your club – your club can concentrate on winning premierships, not being a statistic.

“After a very painful, personal experience; their teenage son died suddenly of heart attack whilst playing soccer….” Melissa Doyle.

Defib for Life started out raising awareness on the importance of having a defibrillator in your sporting club….and this story is another reminder of the importance of that.

It is important to follow the chain of survival, call 000 and commence effective CPR. With this story and so many others, the one thing that makes the difference however is defibrillation. The only thing that re-starts the heart is defibrillation.

The news report got it a little wrong – the pricing is a lot lower and Defib For Life has complete packages including a 7 or 8 year warranty and full training for up to 20 people at your club for approx. $2,500. We have a number of fundraising ideas too or opportunities to connect you with a grant in your local area….so give us a call to see what we can do to help get you and your club set up to ensure that you are making the news for winning a premiership, not losing a club member.

Soccer Defibrillator  A Sydney family hoping to make a big difference after their teenage son died suddenly of a heart attack while playing soccer.
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Posted by 7 News Sydney on Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Need For Defibrillators At ALL Sporting Clubs

Every year we see far too many Australians die as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at sporting events. The key to saving lives rest essentially with the education of our greater sporting community and governing bodies to recognise the vital role that defibrillators and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) play in preventing premature death.

Many victims are in the prime of their lives, young, apparently fit and healthy and without warning they suddenly collapse due to the onset of a lethal cardiac arrhythmia. SCA is caused by a sudden disruption to the heart’s electrical component, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) being one of the leading causes along with blockage of the coronary arteries (heart attack). It does not discriminate and can affect all ages, gender and it’s not just the competitors at risk, it can happen to officials and spectators alike.

Thankfully, victims of a cardiac arrest can be saved if early intervention is at hand. The key to survival ultimately depends upon how well bystanders react to this critical emergency.

To read the full article please click here: Defib Article Andrew White

Chain of Survival

More people know how to use portable defibrillators than a decade ago, further improving the likelihood of a person surviving an AED.

“You’re more than twice as likely to survive a cardiac arrest now in Victoria than in previous years” Karen Smith said.