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.