Dad saved by defibrillator

Another wonderful outcome, another life saved with the use of a defibrillator.

 “I get another chance to see my family grow up and live my life with my wife and kids.”

With the early use of a defibrillator that was at the start line of the running event, and the intervention of fellow competitors, this lucky Dad is able to start thinking about his next training session.

Does your local running group, club or sporting team have access to a defibrillator?

You can help create a safer space for your community by including a defibrillator in your safety equipment.

AED’s in the Australian Workplace

Employees are your number one assets. How are you protecting them from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), in the workplace? Any one of the 30,000 out of hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrests that happen each year in Australia could happen in your workplace.

Unlike heart attacks, a SCA can strike people of all ages and fitness levels and the only effective treatment is a shock from a defibrillator, administered as soon as possible. Sadly, few companies are prepared to deal with SCA despite the fact that death from SCA is more likely than death from fire. Yet companies that have plenty of fire extinguishers in place to protect employees, customers, and visitors may not have even one defibrillator on their premises. Having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) readily available in the workplace can mean the difference between life and death.

AHA President suffers SCA

The story below really does outline how Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone at any time.

Even the President of the American Heart Association.

At 52, a seemingly healthy and fit professional, he suffered a SCA shortly after giving a key note address at a conference for heart specialists. Luckily thanks to early CPR, early defibrillation, and an early call to emergency services, his life was saved.

Check out his story here.

 

Our 2018 New Year Resolutions

We all start the New Year thinking of ways to be better, more engaged, stronger people.

We make all kinds of promises to ourselves and others; some of which we keep, and others fall by the wayside as the realities of life kick in.

The realities of life…. one of these realities is that unfortunately 30,000 out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrests that happen each year, 85% of victims die. The good news is Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be arrested and the best chance of survival following an arrest is with the urgent use of a defibrillator.

So if your New Year resolution is to get fit by joining a gym, check if that gym has a defibrillator installed. Our story from May 2017 tells how Bob Harper, the Biggest Loser trainer, wont step foot into a gym without one after he was brought back to life with an AED at his gym.

Is your New Year’s Resolution to get a promotion at work? Be pro-active and ensure the building has an AED unit installed for you and your colleague’s safety.

Maybe you are thinking of becoming more involved in your community or sporting club. Does your Library, School, Netball Club or Leisure Centre have a defibrillator installed? These are all places where people of all ages congregate and the likelihood of someone having a SCA is high. Is your community rescue ready?

Maybe you are thinking of going back to study. Schools, Colleges, Training Centres are all places where an AED should be installed. Young people as well as the elderly are at risk of suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Make your 2018 resolution a strong one. Check if the places you go have a defibrillator installed and if not, don’t wait til it’s too late – install a defibrillator now!

 

Happy New Year

Welcome to a New Year and for some a host of new year’s resolutions. Some may consider fitness goals, clean eating, saving for that holiday, or having more work life balance.

Whatever your own individual resolution may be, why not add one for your local sporting club or community group. Why not band together and have this year’s aim be to keep each other and your local community safe.

Don’t wait til it’s too late – get involved and be Rescue Ready for 2018!