If your heart suddenly stopped who would save you?POSTED ON 21 January 2015
Most businesses believe they are first-aid ready but this is rarely the case.
Could you imagine an employee, co-worker or friend having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and not being able to help?
SCA kills more than 33,000 Australians every year. That's more than breast cancer, road fatalities and shootings combined. It can strike at any time, to anyone and often without warning. Survival rate from SCA outside of a hospital setting in as low as 6%, but with an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) survival rates can be as high as 86%.
Survival rates decrease by 10% for every minute that a person's heart is not beating, and on average ambulances take 7-10 minutes to arrive. Victims need to be defibrillated within the first 2-3 minutes for an effective survival rate.
For every minute your heart is not beating your survival rate decreases by 10%, with the critical minutes to defibrillate at 1-3 minutes after SCA.
All work places, health clubs, gyms, shopping centres and recreation facilities according to St John Ambulance Australia, The Australian Resuscitation Council and the National Heart Foundation believe that increasing the amount of AED's in public facilities is a must for public safety. See the full article here.
There are some great success stories out there with a 23 year old man being saved after he went into SCA while at a gym in Tasmania. Thanks to the quick thinking of four community members who were able to locate an AED and provide the necessary lifesaving treatment before the Ambulance arrived.
The Automated External Defibrillator Deployment Registry also give their support to the effectiveness of AEDs in increasing survival rates from heart attacks and SCA outside hospital settings. View the recommendations here.
The Virtual Office is a risk management tool that helps you to identify hazards and control risks in an office environment. Check it out here. It gives you a great overview of what sort of first-aid equipment you would need in an office and allows you to assess any risks.
Red Earth Health Solutions offer an AED training course for participants to equipt them with the necessary knowledge and practical application of the AED. Many of their First-Aid training courses also involve the use of an AED with practical assessments leaving the participants with hands-on knowledge. To see more about their training courses please visit there website www.redearthhealth.com.au.
QureMed currently offers a range quality high-end AED's without the high-end price tag.
The LifePak CR Plus is a fully automatic AED which means anyone, even those without training, can use it. Just switch the unit on, apply the pads, and the machine does the rest. This model is designed to deliver a shock only if it determines a heart needs it. No one even needs to press a shock button.
The Zoll AED Plus is a semi-automatic unit and the only full rescue AED that supports both CPR and defibrillation. With visual and voice prompts to accomplish quality compressions it helps the rescuer perform important life-saving action every step of the way.
Give us a call today on 1300 787 379 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the latest specials and promotions for our AED's and First-Aid supplies.
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