Do you know what to do in an emergency?

We love our Emergency Response teams, where would we be without their support? But there is something we can do to support them and others in our community – know how to save a life.

The Chain of Survival depicts the critical actions required to treat life threatening emergencies, including heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke, and foreign body airway obstruction.

Know the Chain of Survival, there are 4 critical steps:

1: Early Access to the emergency response system;

2: Early CPR to support circulation to the heart and brain until normal heart activity is restored;

3: Early Defibrillation to treat cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation; and

4: Early Advanced Care by Emergency Services and hospital personnel.

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

Mates helping to save a life

It’s always great to hear about the news of a life being saved through the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Recently we reported on the story of a mother starting CPR before the stadium’s defibrillator was applied to her 15 year old son bringing him back to life after he suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest whilst playing basketball.

Last week, a group of mates from the Noble Park Football Social Club saved the life of their 70-year-old friend, after he suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The Clubs Automatic External Defibrillator was applied and delivered one shock. The person came to and was awake and coherent when paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.

His friends were understandably emotional, but we are sure they are proud that they were calm under pressure and that they knew where the defibrillator was located within the Club and were able to use it.

15 Year Old Basketball Player saved

New statistics released by Victorian Cardiac Arrest Registry shows that 82 people were shocked using a publicly accessible Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in 2017 – 2018, the most on record!  

The incidence of bystanders giving CPR to people who have suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest has also increased in the last decade from 46% to 63%.

In December 2018, Joshua Simpson a 15-year-old basketball player survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) thanks to early CPR and an accessible defibrillator at the Keilor Basketball Stadium.

This was the third time the defibrillator was used to save a life following previous cardiac arrests in 2012 and 2017.

It was Joshua’s mother who rushed on to the court when she saw her son collapse and who started CPR. Others fetched the defibrillator located at the arena and were able to deliver a lifesaving shock. Joshua was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived.

“To the people who assisted me to save my sons life, no words can describe the gratitude I am feeling. I’m just thankful that they were by my side to help me bring back Josh, and I’m glad it happened when and where it did because the stadium has a defibrillator. I’d like to see every child taught CPR and every sporting venue have a defibrillator”.

DEFIB FIR LIFE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE YEAR AHEAD

Defib For Life are back from our break and looking forward to the year ahead.

We have plenty planned for 2019 including getting the word out there to more people about the importance of having Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) installed in our communities so they are safer and more rescue ready.

We want no Australian to be more than 10 minutes away from an Automatic External Defibrillator.

We will be aiming to educate sporting clubs, workplaces, schools and other community spaces about the risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and the lives that could be saved with a defibrillator.

Our not for profit package gives you the choice between the two leading defibrillators on the market, plus face to face training and a 7- or 8-year warranty on product, pads and battery.

In 2019 we ask you to help us advocate for their installation in every public place in Australia.