Defibrillators to be rolled out at all Blacktown sporting fields

DEFIBRILLATORS for up to 30,000 athletes will be rolled out across sporting grounds after a $252,000 allocation. Blacktown will be the first council to have defibrillators at all its sports grounds.

During a cardiac arrest, defibrillators work by applying high voltage (between 200 to 1000 volts) to send an electric current through the heart to shock it into beating normally again. Elite young athletes are most vulnerable to cardiac arrests. The Heart Foundation said every passing minute without intervention reduced the rate of survival by 10 per cent. The defibrillators are expected to be rolled out by September.

Help was just a heartbeat away when Tony Collins collapsed at Florida Beach Bar

Tony Collins, (second from left), with his daughter Kelly Drover, Chris Beath, Florida Beach Bar manager and Diandra Jones, duty manager, at Crowne Plaza, Terrigal. Tony suffered a heart attack but was saved by Chris and Diandra, using their defibrillator on site.

AS UNLIKELY as it may seem when Tony Collins went into sudden cardiac arrest, short of an emergency department, the pub was the safest place he could have been­.

The otherwise fit and healthy 65-year-old was unwinding with a few beers at the Florida Beach Bar at Terrigal on April 14 when he collapsed about 5pm.

It just so happened Berkeley Vale Private Hospital’s director of nursing Marilyn Clayton was getting her hair done just metres away at The Society for Hair and came rushing out still draped in a cape.

Bar manager Chris Beath also came to Mr Collins’ aid with a defibrillator – one of the few pubs on the Coast with such a device.

“It was on the third shock I started breathing again,” Mr Collins said.

“Without the defibrillator I was gone. The pub (was) the only place I would have been safe, 100 per cent right place at the right time. If I had been driving and gone into cardiac arrest I could have killed someone.”

Dispelling the MYTHS!

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.

Cricket Australia Independent Review of Phillip Hughes Death – Defibrillators at all First Class Matches

Sport is a past time that we in Australia take for granted. We all head out most weekends to enjoy playing our favourite sport or to watch our kids or partners partake. Great fitness, great fun – it’s what it should be.

There are then our sporting heroes. Men and women who make it to the elite level of their chosen sport – and this story is about Phillip Hughes. The incident that caused the fatal injury and subsequent death was a tragedy indeed.

Cricket Australia has conducted a thorough independent review of the former Test Cricketers death and come up with a series of recommendations to be implemented in at all first-class cricket in Australia. The report is very detailed and there are some 65 points to go through which cover the circumstance in with injury occurred; what the injury was; if the equipment was sufficient, flawed or required review; and interestingly items 53-56 refers to “Injuries of the Heart”.

More first response emergency care in northern Illawarra

Northern Illawarra Chamber of Commerce has helped secure two new defibrillators at Helensburgh Library and Thirroul District Community Centre and Library.

Chamber Vice President Tanya Parry came up with the idea.

“I reviewed our local surroundings and immediately noted a lack of resources, in particular, the absence of a local accessible emergency department. With the population of Helensburgh and Thirroul containing almost 20,000 people, this is a serious concern. The community response has been overwhelmingly thankful,” she said.

Bankstown District Football Association receives six defibrillators for football venues

As a result of the NSW Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development “Stronger Communities Program” which provides grants of up to $20,000 to local not-for-profit organisations, Bankstown District Football Association has received six defibrillators for local football venues.

There is now a defibrillator at each of the venues where the Bankstown Sports Strikers are based. They are Bass Hill RSL, Greenacre Eagles, East Bankstown, North Bankstown and Yagoona Lions. Bankstown Basketball Stadium, in Condell Park, and the Western District Joggers and Harriers also received the equipment.

Round one Grant allocations will triple the number of defibrillators at Bankstown sporting fields, making this just the start of ensuring all grounds have a defibrillator.

To find out more about Round Two applications which may benefit your Club, visit the “Stronger Communities Programme” (SCP) website.

More Victorians Saving Lives with CPR

Almost two-thirds of Victorians say they will perform CPR if they see someone in cardiac arrest, a good Samaritan intervention which doubles a victim’s chances of survival.

Some 64 per cent of onlookers attempted CPR when they witnessed someone collapsed from cardiac arrest during the past financial year, according to the Victorian Ambulance Cardiac Arrest Registry annual report released on Friday.

That’s up from 35 per cent in 2005/06.

More people also know how to use portable defibrillators than a decade ago, which has further improved the likelihood of a person surviving.

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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.
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Posted by 7 News Sydney on Saturday, October 17, 2015