Often the best inspiration comes from your customers. Well the past 10 days Defib has been out and about in the market place – Auckland, Adelaide, Melbourne and Wagga! That’s a few miles to cover, but its all been with the aim of continuing the education of the community of the necessity of having a defibrillator in their communities.
We have been asked some great questions; we have been able to dispel a number of myths and importantly the Defib team has been able to place a number of new defibrillators in a variety of communities.
So instead of keeping that data to ourselves, or waiting for the next marketing newsletter to come out, we thought we would share a few with you.
Do you have to be trained to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)?
No, anyone can use it. At Defib For Life as part of our package we include a training session with all of our units to ensure that people are comfortable on how to use the AED in case of emergency and to encourage any questions.
If one of our players has SCA on the field and it’s raining, do we need to pull them out of the rain?
When faced with an emergency situation, it’s best to follow your first aid training in regards to ensuring that a victim is safe in their surroundings and you protect them, their necks and spine. In regards to using a defibrillator, the Defib for Life recommended units are resistant to moisture and dust, so taking them out of a controlled environment to the sporting field or the school playground is perfectly safe. We would recommend the patient be moved should they be lying in a pool of water, being mindful of other injuries.
Not all AED units offer this, so be mindful when selecting an AED.