Not all AED units are the same

Automatic External Defibrillators like the ones you can purchase in our online store are small computerised devices that analyse your heart rhythms to provide a shock automatically. They only activate when necessary, eliminating the risk of a user error. They can be used anywhere by anyone to administer a life-saving shock with audio and visual prompts to guide first responders through the necessary steps.

As a not for profit, we have done the research for you seeking out the best two defibrillator units on the market, designed to give you the best chance of success.

The Powerheart G5 AED is easy to use, reliable and technologically advanced, giving everyone the confidence to respond in an emergency. The 8 year warranty includes replacement pads and batteries with a 7 year service and replacement program FREE of CHARGE! We replace the pads and batteries for you in that time – not you.

The ZOLL unit features a unique CPR feedback tool that monitors CPR quality, as well as audio and visual prompts to help you rescue and resuscitate. The 7 year warranty covers both hardware and software.

  • Our units are “rescue ready” all the time as the AED’s automatically self-test daily, weekly and monthly – its ready at any time to save a life!
  • With our units, their advanced technology does not require an ongoing maintenance program – we check in yearly to make sure contact details are correct; if there are other training or first aid needs we can support them, but the defibrillator purchase is a one off cost;
  • The devices ensure defibrillation occurs only when needed and tapers the shock to the size of the patient. No push button;
  • When in use the AED units are a simple, safe and easy to operate with loud clear voice prompts;
  • If the unit is used, it stays at the location in the case of another emergency and if advised we send immediately the replacement pads. Therefore, being always rescue ready and;
  • Our packages include face-to-face training to ensure anyone knows how to use your new life-saving tool.

Protect your team mates, colleagues, friends, and loved ones with these industry leading Automatic External Defibrillators!

Speak to the team at Defib For Life today on 1300 880 309. We’re here to help!

Shock Verdict

The cast of the hit TV show Rake has joined a campaign to promote CPR, with a short film which aims to teach everyday Australians how to help someone who is having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

The film is the brainchild of Royal Hobart Hospital chief cardiologist Dr Paul MacIntyre who couldn’t find anything showing hands-only CPR and how to use an AED alongside Australian emergency services details.

“Having untrained bystanders able to provide first aid is vital because people in cardiac arrest can die so quickly, Dr MacIntyre said.
“If you give no CPR, for every minute that the patient doesn’t receive CPR there’s a 10 per cent reduction in survival. So in 10 minutes they’re dead.”
“Any attempt at resuscitation is better than no attempt, and that’s what potentially saves lives.”

Having the confidence to use an AED where there’s one available is also critical. “Anyone can use an AED, [the machine] talks you through it,” Dr MacIntyre said.

Defibrillators are increasingly installed in public places, such as schools, sports clubs, shopping centres and public libraries.
Some states, such as South Australia, now have a public register of defibrillators to help you find the nearest one to you.

Active Club Program Grant – Round Two Open Now

Thanks to the sporting clubs that have been in touch with Defib For Life, to enquire if we know how to find access to Government Grants.

Well in fact we do!

Defib For Life have done some homework; we have met with the relevant Government Departments, and this has allowed us to provide you with information on the Active Club Program Grant which is now open in South Australia.

What funding is available?

Eligible organisations can apply for up to $5000 for costs associated with conducting programs to develop or improve the service the Club provides, and/or the cost of consumable equipment, uniforms or ground maintenance equipment. This equipment can include medical / first aid equipment such as an Automatic External Defibrillator, and training.

Guidelines and submitting an application

All applications must be submitted via the SmartyGrants website by 12pm on 11 April 2018. Applications must adhere to the Program and Equipment Guidelines.

The following dates apply to this funding round:

  • Program opens 7 February 2018
  • Applications close 11 April 2018 by 12pm
  • Applicants notified after 17 July 2018
  • Agreements finalised August 2018

Get a committee together; get a working group together….get on to it early!

If you would like any specific information for your grant application, Defib For Life would be only too happy to support you. You can reach us on 1300 880 309.

Good luck and let us know how you go.

Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late.

 

Share your stories

Defib for Life started as a Not for Profit movement in 2010 focusing on encouraging sporting clubs to install Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). Now in 2018 we encourage not only sporting clubs but also workplaces, schools and public spaces to install these lifesaving machines.

Defib For Life know that AEDs work and we have the pleasure of getting to hear the incredible stories of people that have been saved with them.

In 2017 we celebrated the news of 18 lives that were saved with the use of an AED! We will be continually adding stories of AED saves to our website, if you have a personal story please send it to sue@defibforlife.org.au as we would love to hear it.

You can also keep up to date with all things Defib For Life via our Facebook page.

Let’s make 2018 a great year for lives being saved with the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator.

Bourke Street Tragedy

The 20th January marked the first anniversary of the Bourke Street tragedy. A sad day for so many people, with so many lives lost and others changed forever.

“For a Friday evening on Bourke Street it was quiet, except for the haunting sound of defibrillators beeping. The life-saving machines had been left sitting on the footpath after they were brought out from offices by city workers asked to help save the victims.”

If something good can be taken from these tragic circumstances it is that the general public were so willing to step in and help, and that they were able to do so with the assistance of the defibrillators located in their workplaces.

This is a timely reminder to check the location of your defibrillator within your office building, and to see if there is one there at all. If not, now is the time to install one for the sake of your office workers, and the general community.