Did you know modern CPR is only 58 years old?

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was invented in 1960 and soon went global. It is still the primary first aid method for resuscitation. At Defib For Life we want every Australian to know how to do CPR and use an AED in a health emergency.

Cardiac arrest can occur without warning. It is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). This malfunction can stop the heart from pumping blood around the body.

Performing CPR is extremely important in this situation by enabling blood to continue pumping to vital organs, such as the brain, before an ambulance arrives.

The chain of survival

The chain of survival is just a serious of steps (forming a virtual “chain”) which give the best chance of survival from a sudden (SCA). If all the steps of the chain are followed promptly, then the victim has the best chance of surviving the cardiac arrest.

Early recognition and call for help

Early contact should be made to the emergency services after a cardiac arrest is recognised.

Early CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should be commenced immediately after a cardiac arrest has occurred (ie, the patient has stopped breathing). Anyone can perform CPR, and ideally there should be no interruption in CPR before the ambulance arrives.

Early defibrillation followed by Advanced Life Support

A defibrillator is an electrical device which delivers a shock to the heart in an attempt to correct any abnormal electrical activity which has caused the cardiac arrest.

The good news is Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be arrested and the best chance of survival is to follow the chain of survival.

 

 

Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program now open

The Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program will support projects of small to medium scale, particularly focusing on improvements to existing sport infrastructure. This will support greater community participation in sport and physical activity and/or offer safer and more inclusive community sporting hubs.

Defib For Life are all about building safer communities. Our mission is to save lives by giving every victim of sudden cardiac arrest access to immediate life saving defibrillation. If your sporting ground does not have an Automatic External Defibrillator installed, now is the time to apply for the grant and help make your community a safer place to be.

  • Grant opens 2nd August 2018
  • Grant closes 14 September 2018
  • Announcement period 1 November 2018 onward
  • Expected completion date 30 June 2019

Does your community have access to life saving defibrillators?

Bendigo Bank are huge supporters of their local communities, providing funding to local groups and organisations from the profits it makes.

Why not approach your local Bendigo Bank to request funding for defibrillators and help make your community a safer place to be?

In 2011 Defib For Life was chosen as the Laverton, Altona Community Banks (Bendigo Bank) first major project, resulting in over 100 defibrillators being handed out to facilities across Altona, Laverton and Point Cook. As a result, defibrillators are now located at local schools, community groups, sporting grounds, railway stations, swimming pools and service stations in the area.

The Laverton, Altona Community Banks branches – Bendigo Bank, together with Point Cook Business Centre will be hosting further forums to identify areas of need in the communities. They are forward-thinking and are committed to staying focused on the needs of their community. Call Anne Randall on 0430 430 824 for more information.

Defib For Life has a mission to ensure as many people as possible in public places throughout communities have access to a defibrillator.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone at any time. It doesn’t discriminate.

It is now more important than ever to respond to the demand in the communities to supply more units nationally to sporting clubs, sporting complexes, health clubs, community facilities, schools, corporate offices, government buildings, and industrial facilities.

Does your community need access to life saving defibrillators?

Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late.