Drones carrying defibrillators – the latest technology

Andreas Claesson, a researcher at the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has been looking in to improving the care of patients suffering Sudden Cardiac Arrest by testing the launch of a small heart defibrillator weighing less than two pounds, featuring an electronic voice that gives instructions on how to use the device. It was attached to a small drone equipped with four small propeller-like rotors, a global positioning device and camera.

They launched the drone from a fire station within about 10 kilometres from homes where people had previous cardiac arrests.

Check out the video, it’s really cool!

There were no crashes or other mishaps during the study, Claesson said. He plans a follow-up study to test drone-delivered defibrillators for bystanders to use in real-life cardiac arrests.

Ask your local council if they are considering this.

Victorian State Government Media Release

Good to see the Victorian State Government coming on board to improve response times to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Victoria has one of the highest rates of survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, in part due to more bystanders stepping in to help save lives before paramedics arrive. Without the use of a public access AED, this statistic would not be a reality.

It’s communities taking action – does your club, community space or workplace have an Automatic External Defibrillator? They are easy to use and take up no more room than a fire extinguisher.

Find out if you do and if not, ask us to help.

Make your community a safer place to live – be rescue ready!

Click here to read the media release.

A state government assistance package could see many more defibrillators at sporting clubs across NSW.

This is such a great win, another state government leading the way with getting a package together where greater funding is available to sporting clubs to get a life saving device into your community.

Sports clubs will be encouraged to purchase defibrillators with the assistance of the NSW state government, thanks to a $4 million funding package.

The Local Sports Defibrillator Program will give a contribution to clubs which purchase a defibrillator, with $4 million allocated over four years.

Clubs can apply for funds assistance through the NSW Office of Sport website later this year.

Defib For Life will ensure Clubs are kept up to date as to when the grants open and provide tips and advice as to how to apply. Send us an email and we will keep you on our list to be the first to know.

The Hawksbury community has already recognised the need for defibrillators to be installed in public places such as their Library and is looking forward to the opportunity to install more when the grants open.

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You also don’t need to wait until it’s too late. Sue can prepare a quote for you if you like, give us a call on 1300 880 309 if you would like to find out more information.

Sharing the message

Defib For Life has been getting out and about lately – Canberra for the NALGA conference, Sydney setting up meetings and future strategic partnerships and sharing the message with some of our friends at 2GB.

Defib For Life was founded by highly experienced Victorian MICA Paramedic Andrew White, following the deaths of several young athletes and officials at sporting venues in Victoria, in particular Stephen Buckman, a 19 year old player who collapsed and died from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) while attending training at Rupertswood Football Club in May 2010.

Defib For Life Director, Sue Buckman is the mother of Steven. Sue’s 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!

Here Sue Buckman chats with Kayley Harris and Nick Bennett from the 2GB Daily Drive Show.