Turn your office party into something different

Why not turn your Office Christmas Party into something more this year?  Instead of organising a Kris Kringle with your office colleague, why not all put in to purchase a life saving defibrillator for your workplace instead.

In this way you can ensure your workplace meets its duty of care to look after you and your colleagues over this festive season and beyond.

Defib For Life has provided support to many organisations around the country, so let up help you too during this special time of year.

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

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!

Have you checked your defibrillator?

Servicing your defibrillator is just as important as servicing your car – safety is number one, failure is not an option.

Make sure you check that the pads are in date. Are the batteries charged? Is it working?

Defib for Life offers the choice of two leading Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) so you know you’re getting the best quality safety equipment.

Our packages include an extended warranty, and replacement pads and electrodes.

Don’t wait til it’s too late – check your equipment now.

Need help? Talk to Sue on 13400 880 309.

How to use an AED

Everyone has a spare 5 minutes somewhere in their day. Whilst you are on your lunch break, making a cup of tea or waiting for the kids to get out of school, take just 5 minutes to watch this. A great demonstration of how easy it is to use a defibrillator.

The unit featured is a Cardiac Science unit, you can purchase these through Defib For Life. Look over the features to see why this one of the leading defibrillators on the market today.

The 5 minutes you spend now may save a life in the future. It’s Shockingly easy to restart a heart.

 

Welcome to Shocktober

October is Defibrillator awareness month.

Let’s get out there, in the community, in schools, workplaces and sporting clubs. Let’s have the conversation about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and how “Shockingly Easy” it is to save more Australian lives.

Defib For Life can support you with the best defibrillator packages on the market, sudden cardiac information, even funding opportunities.

 

WORLD HEART DAY

This Saturday 29th September is World Heart Day. It’s all about looking after your heart!

This is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others.

Does your community have anything planned to raise awareness of heart health?

Do you have any ideas of how you can raise awareness of heart health in your community and circle of friends and family?

Why not promise to cook and eat more healthily, to do more exercise and encourage your children to be more active, to say no to smoking or help your loved ones to stop.

Another way is to check if your local community has access to a life saving defibrillator and if not ask why not.

Immediate access to a defibrillator is the only way to survive a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

At Defib For Life, our mission is to get defibrillators installed in every sporting club, sporting complex, health club, community facility, school, corporate office, government building, and industrial facility.

With over 33,000 people experiencing an out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest every year in Australia, of all ages and fitness levels, we believe defibrillators are essential to Australia’s heart health!

Advocating for legislative change

At Defib For Life, we continue our advocacy work within community, local, state and federal governments to ensure that sooner rather than later legislative change will occur and ultimately there will be lifesaving defibrillators in every sporting club, school, workplace and public venue across Australia!

We recently sent letters to all State Parliamentarians requesting a meeting to discuss how Defib For Life would be ready to get to work with them to keep making a difference.

Defib For Life works within our communities every day to continue to advocate, educate and distribute these life saving defibrillators, to make our communities safe places to live….but we need the support of our members of parliament to create that change in legislation.

Do you know who your local member of parliament is? If so, write to them, call them up and send them an email. Its going to take many voices, so pick up the phone and join in the conversation to create change.

We have had some encouraging response from some ministers and we look forward to more. With the conversations we have had booked, we will keep you in the loop and let you know how we go.

Let us know how you went when you contacted your local Member of Parliament, we would love to hear from you.

Stay tuned!