RESPONSE FOR LIFE
Learn more about defibs to choose the most suitable defibrillator for your needs.
Defibrillators for your workplace, sports club, place of worship, gym and more.
What is a Defibrillator?
“A defibrillator (known as an automated external defibrillator or AED) is a small, portable device designed to deliver a controlled electrical shock to a person experiencing certain cardiac rhythms. Defibrillators must be used in conjunction with CPR.” NSW Health
- Anyone can use a defibrillator – they have verbal and visual instructions to guide you.
- You cannot hurt someone by using a defibrillator.
- A defibrillator only shocks a person who is in cardiac arrest.
“For every minute defibrillation is delayed, there is approximately 10% reduction in survival if the victim is in cardiac arrest.” ANZCOR
“Early CPR and defibrillation (AED) within the first 8-10 minutes can increase the chance of survival by up to 75 per cent.” NSW Health
When to use a Defibrillator
A Defibrillator should be used when someone has a cardiac arrest*. Which is recognised when someone is:
- has absent or abnormal breathing
Cardiac arrest is the term given to the sudden loss of heart function. The person will collapse and stop breathing normally. The heart is no longer pumping blood around the vital organs of the body.
When deciding what defibrillator will be most suitable for your family, community or workplace is a very personal decision.
When deciding it’s best to take into account a few key considerations, which may include the following:
Do you have children at your location/ site?
Where are you locating the defibrillator?
Depending on where your defibrillator is located may also change what type of defib you purchase and also what type of wall cabinet is most suitable. Considerations include the climate/ weather and safety.
Do you need a wall bracket or wall cabinet?
Do you need training?
Discuss whether you need online training and to what extent you will feel confident using a defibrillator.
For certain people a video refresher may work and others may need a more personal training experience.
Defibrillator maintenance is easy. However, it can be easily forgotten.
With Response For Life ‘Weekly Inspection Tags’ we encourage clients to inspect their defib on a regular basis (which only takes a minute).
However, we also offer programs like PlusTrac which monitor your defib, store data and send reminders.
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