We might not want to talk about it, but we should.
A Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness. It is a medical emergency of the highest priority and it does not discriminate.
It can and does affect people of all ages and all walks of life.
A Sudden Cardiac Arrest can occur at any time without warning. The chances of survival following an arrest decrease by 10% as every minute passes, but you can significantly improve these chances by applying three dynamic steps: Call 000, start CPR and apply an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
What you need to know about defibrillators
- You cannot harm anyone by using a defibrillator, you can only help save their life.
- The AED works by assessing if there is any electrical rhythm in the heart and if not, the AEDs that Defib For Life issues determine what size of shock is required. The AED automatically issues the shock, leaving no room for doubt.
- In the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the only thing that will restart the heart is a shock from a defibrillator.
- The defibrillators we issue are as easy to use as a fire extinguisher, and take up the same amount of space.