A push to roll out lifesaving defibrillators to sporting venues across Australia is gaining momentum with Victoria leading the way.
“It is my opinion that public access defibrillators should be everywhere; they should be in every sporting ground, in schools, they should be in shopping centres, airports — anywhere there is public gathering.”
Cardiac Specialist Professor Chris Semsarian
Up to 33,000 Australians suffer cardiac arrest each year and fewer than 5 per cent survive, often because help does not reach them in time.
In the past two years, at least eight players have died on soccer pitches in Sydney.
Cardiac specialist from the Centenary Institute and Sydney University Professor Chris Semsarian said some of these deaths could have been prevented if there had been access to a defibrillator, and a quick response.
Professor Semsarian said people often died almost immediately, but that can be prevented if there is a rapid response.
“There is a chance of survival, but the two main things you need is very rapid bystander CPR where there are chest compressions at around 100 times per minute, and secondly a defibrillator which shocks the heart out of the abnormal rhythm and leads to the saving of that person’s life,” he said.
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