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?