Meeting with our Local Members

Last week Defib For Life met with Minister Corey Wingard, Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services and Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing to discuss the importance of having access to Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in our communities.

Minister Wingard is a pro-active forward-thinking Minister prepared to listen to the needs of the community and take action.

As we mentioned in the meeting, Defib For Life is interested in increasing the awareness of the issues around Sudden Cardiac Arrest and increasing the distribution to ensure that no Australian is 10minutes away from a lifesaving device making the communities we all live in safer places to be.

We are keen to continue with these conversations with other local Government Departments to see how Defib For Life can work with them to support sporting and community clubs to ensure that they are covered.

A few features of the two Defib For Life defibrillator units, that are not part of every AED:

  • Easy-to-use AED for responders at all level;
  • IP55 High ingress protection against water and dust for optimal performance in the toughest environments – ideal for taking outside classroom to sports oval or playground;
  • Meets the highest of military standards for vibration, shock and drop testing (up to 1.5mt);
  • RescueCoach™ user-paced prompts guide responder through each critical rescue step Extra assistance through text prompts provide additional coaching in noisy and chaotic environments;
  • Intuitive, interchangeable pad simplifies positioning;
  • Assesses the patient’s therapy needs and delivers customised fully automated shock at an appropriate energy level in as little as 10 seconds;
  • The shock is tapered to the size of the patient, so you are not receiving to high a shock or to low….that is so important in reducing damage to the heart and surrounding tissues;
  • Defib For Life offers face to face training….that is so important.

The wonders of modern technology

The wonders of modern technology mean that serious medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest can be treated on the spot. All you need is an automated external defibrillator close at hand, and lives can be saved.

But like all great inventions, the defibrillator did not arrive overnight. In fact, it took centuries to realise the lifesaving potential of electricity, how to apply it, and to develop the device we know today.

In essence AEDs are portable electronic machines that can automatically diagnose irregular heart beats and treat it though electrical therapy. It’s much more effective than CPR, which really just sustains life before a defibrillator can be found.

The History of the Defibrillator: A Timeline

1775 – Experiments on chickens by Danish physician Peter Christian Abilgaard reveal hearts could be stopped and then restarted by electricity.
1850 – German physician Carl Ludwig documents electrically stimulated ventricular fibrillation in dogs.
1888 – British physiologists John A Mac William suggests ventricular fibrillation might be the cause of sudden death.
1899 – Swiss physiologists JL Prevost and F Batelli confirm strong voltages applied directly to the heart could restart dogs hearts.
1928 – US Electrical Engineer William Bennett Kouwenhoven began developing defibrillators.
1933 – Kouwenhoven, with US physiologist Orthello Langworthy, demonstrate internally applied electrical current reverses ventricular fibrillation
1947 – US surgeon Claude S Beck is the first to save a human life through defibrillation, restoring his 14-year-old patient’s heart beat during a surgical procedure.
1956 – Kouwenhoven develops external defibrillators but during his experiments discovers and develops CPR. Harvard cardiologist Paul M Zoll demonstrates the first closed chest (external) defibrillation.
1960 – Portable DC-powered defibrillators are developed by Harvard’s Bernard Lown and University of Washington’s K William Edmark, allowing treatment outside hospitals for the first time.
1966 – In N Ireland, cardiologists J Frank Pantridge and John S Geddes are the first to install portable external defibrillators in an ambulance, creating the first Mobile Intensive Care Unit.
1969 – The first non-medical personnel qualified to operate a defibrillator (Emergency Medical Technicians) are hired in Portland, Oregon
1978 – the first Automated External Defibrillator is introduced, comprising sensors to detect in ventricular fibrillation. Crucially, the instructions are electronically provided, reducing the degree of training required to operate them.
1980s – Computer technology enhances AED sensitivity, helping to save even more lives.
2000s – Workplace Health and Safety standards introduced around the world highlight workplace automated external defibrillators as essential.

Defib For Life Fundraising Kit

Who has downloaded the Defib For Life Fundraising Kit? It’s full of great ideas, tips and tricks.

But did you know that if you’re planning an event to raise funds for the installation of a defibrillator we can help promote your event?

Yep that’s right, whether your event has already happened or you have one coming up, tell us about it and we’ll tell everyone else about it. We’re here to help you raise the funds in order to create a safer place for your community.

 

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Does your workplace have a defibrillator?

Does your workplace have a defibrillator? 

Ensure your workplace meets its duty of care to look after you and your colleagues by including a defibrillator in your workplace first aid kit.

Defib For Life has provided support to many organisations around the country, so let up help you too.

Take away the risk; it’s shockingly easy to restart a heart!