Adelaide to Trial Defibrillators in Public Buildings in Bid to Save Lives

Emergency Defibrillators are to be installed in public buildings in Adelaide’s city centre in a 12-month trial.

What is a defibrillator?

  • A defibrillator is an electrical device that delivers a shock to the heart.
  • The aim of the shock to the heart muscle is to re-establish the heart’s rhythm and regularly beat.

How does it work?

  • Pads from the defibrillator are placed on the patient’s chest and a built-in computer checks the victim’s heart rhythm.
  • The device determines whether a shock is needed.
  • Most devices have an automated voice to tell the rescuer the next step, for example stand clear and press the device’s shock button.

The council voted to buy defibrillators to be installed in buildings which it owns.

Councillor Phil Martin said the portable defibrillators could easily be operated in a cardiac emergency by a person with no medical training.

He said the trial would also determine how many defibrillators were already available in private businesses in the CBD.

“We want to encourage people who already have defibrillators to remove them from the back rooms and put them in the foyers of their buildings so that we can map throughout Adelaide the locations of public defibrillators that people can access to save a life,” he said.

He said Tasmania had about 400 defibrillators in public places, while it was common practice throughout the rest of the world.

Cr Martin said the trial would be used to gauge if people would use them, the best places to have them and if they were at risk of being vandalised.

He said an ideal place to install one would be in Rundle Mall.

 

Park City’s new defibrillators may have already saved a life

PARK CITY, Utah — One of four automatic emergency defibrillators (AEDs) installed last summer in Park City may have already saved a man’s life, and it happened during the Sundance Film Festival.

Trevor Christensen was standing 30 feet away when a man collapsed on a sidewalk in the city.

“I ran over there and then let him know I used to be paramedic,” Christensen said.

As Christensen began doing chest compressions on the victim, other bystanders also took action. One called 911 and another ran to find an AED.  As it turns out, the life-saving device happened to have been installed right across the street.

“The AED being right there across the street at the time he went down was just amazing,” Christensen said.

Christensen used the AED to deliver a shock, then continued with chest compressions. About 20 seconds later, he said, the victim responded.

“He actually looked at me and extended his hand up and said ‘Thank you,’ which was wild,” Christensen recalled.

Sgt. Jay Randall, Park City Police Department, credits Christensen and the user-friendly AEDs with saving the man’s life.

“It was a great, great testament not only to the technology, but the people that have the confidence in the technology to go find it and use it,” Randall said.

Christensen stressed that AED devices are not just for people with medical emergency training.

“They make them easy to operate. All you have to do is literally just unzip it or open it up and it tells you what to do,” Christensen said.

Park City police say heart attack calls are fairly common in the city, as the high altitude exacerbates heart and breathing problems.

 

 

Defibrillators in Soccer Clubs throughout Australia

Another unremarkable day, turned in to a day that the Austral Soccer Club wished they never had to go through – the club or the local Sydney family.

The Defib For Life team was looking through general on-line posts regarding Automatic External Defibrillators in Soccer Clubs throughout Australia, as we start to ramp up our work in the sporting code of Soccer. Defib For Life wants to help as many people as we can by linking different sources and references to the facts that defibrillators save lives….and we found this Channel 7 story.

Melissa Doyle’s words are something that we hear far too often – but with a little fundraising or budget allocation and a decision to protect your club – your club can concentrate on winning premierships, not being a statistic.

“After a very painful, personal experience; their teenage son died suddenly of heart attack whilst playing soccer….” Melissa Doyle.

Defib for Life started out raising awareness on the importance of having a defibrillator in your sporting club….and this story is another reminder of the importance of that.

It is important to follow the chain of survival, call 000 and commence effective CPR. With this story and so many others, the one thing that makes the difference however is defibrillation. The only thing that re-starts the heart is defibrillation.

The news report got it a little wrong – the pricing is a lot lower and Defib For Life has complete packages including a 7 or 8 year warranty and full training for up to 20 people at your club for approx. $2,500. We have a number of fundraising ideas too or opportunities to connect you with a grant in your local area….so give us a call to see what we can do to help get you and your club set up to ensure that you are making the news for winning a premiership, not losing a club member.

Soccer Defibrillator  A Sydney family hoping to make a big difference after their teenage son died suddenly of a heart attack while playing soccer.
More stories: http://yhoo.it/1Ez9Z1g#Defibrillator #7News
Posted by 7 News Sydney on Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Need For Defibrillators At ALL Sporting Clubs

Every year we see far too many Australians die as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at sporting events. The key to saving lives rest essentially with the education of our greater sporting community and governing bodies to recognise the vital role that defibrillators and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) play in preventing premature death.

Many victims are in the prime of their lives, young, apparently fit and healthy and without warning they suddenly collapse due to the onset of a lethal cardiac arrhythmia. SCA is caused by a sudden disruption to the heart’s electrical component, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) being one of the leading causes along with blockage of the coronary arteries (heart attack). It does not discriminate and can affect all ages, gender and it’s not just the competitors at risk, it can happen to officials and spectators alike.

Thankfully, victims of a cardiac arrest can be saved if early intervention is at hand. The key to survival ultimately depends upon how well bystanders react to this critical emergency.

To read the full article please click here: Defib Article Andrew White

Chain of Survival

More people know how to use portable defibrillators than a decade ago, further improving the likelihood of a person surviving an AED.

“You’re more than twice as likely to survive a cardiac arrest now in Victoria than in previous years” Karen Smith said.

Push for Defibrillators at all Sporting Clubs

On Sunday, February 28, St Ives Football Club held a tribute match at Macquarie University Oval to remember their player, Emin Rufati who they tragically lost his life last season.

“Maybe a defibrillator could have helped, I don’t know. I will never know now.” Mrs Rufati said.

Campaigners Call for Defibrillators at Sporting Clubs

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

VIC Health Grants – Now Open!

VIC Health Grants have opened!

VIC Health proudly supports the role Victorian community sporting clubs and organisations play in improving health and getting people active through playing sport.

Apply now to fund a live saving Defibrillator to be installed in your Club now through these grants

– It Makes Sense
– Don’t wait ’til its too late

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Defibrillators now at Visitor Information Centre and Hawkesbury Library

EXERCISERS at Ham Common now have the added comfort of knowing if they have a sudden cardiac arrest, there is a defibrillator right at the Visitor Information Centre opposite the RAAF Base.

First aid officers at the centre have been trained in its use, but the unit is so easy to use with voice instructions that anyone can have a go if trained operators aren’t on shift.

The defibrillator is one of two installed at Council locations, with the other going in at Hawkesbury Central Library at Windsor.

“The installation of these machines at both Hawkesbury Central Library and the Visitor Information Centre will be of considerable community benefit, as both sites attract many visitors and recreational users at surrounding parks and gardens,” Mayor Kim Ford said.