Are you doing everything possible to increase the best chance of survival when cardiac arrest occurs?
Do you have a defibrillator (AED) in your workplace, club or church etc.?
If so, great!
This clever little piece of kit could help save a life.
(Portable defibrillator developed by Prof. Frank Pantridge, Hillsbrough, Northern Ireland)
Is your defibrillator maintained?
In date pads
In date batteries
Assembled and ready for action
Registered with the NI ambulance Service
Most importantly is your defibrillator
When cardiac arrest happens, every second counts. Please be sure your defibrillator is ready and not in a locked cupboard (for safe keeping). To many times when we go to deliver training the defibrillator is not ready or is locked away or some are not aware of where it is stored, with only a few people having access. Some businesses have defibrillators which are only available 9-5, even though staff may have 24hour access.
AED Cabinets or wall mounts are available for indoor use, but there are also cabinets designed to be placed on an external wall, keeping the defibrillator safe and ready for action. Some cabinets have a key code, so if you give the code to the Ambulance Service when you register your AED, they will communicate it to the person who calls 999 along with advice and prompting to deliver CPR.
Help is at hand!
Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone at any time. So, what would be worse than not having a defibrillator? ……Perhaps having a defibrillator which is locked away and not having the key or code to access it.
Good quality CPR, started immediately, is still the best course of action, but early defibrillation is essential to give best chance of survival.
Don’t delay! Don’t be afraid! Keep calm! The defibrillator will only deliver a shock if the casualty requires it.
Video – Real CPR Help (ERD)
What do the experts say?
Zoll – be ready for rescue
Where is the AED?
Too often the answer is “we don’t have one” or sadly it’s in a store or somewhere for safe keeping. The research shows that demonstrated a nearly fivefold increase in survivability from 5% to 24% when an AED is used, but also shows that there is an AED available only 2% of the time.
Research also shows that probability of survival increases dramatically when CPR is performed and when an AED is applied before an ambulance arrives.
“As a cardiac arrest survivor, I understand only too well that quick action is required. Starting good quality CPR is essential followed by early defibrillation. Please be sure you have a rescue plan in place as there is no time to waste. When cardiac arrest happens, for every minute that passes the casualty (friend, family, work colleague) loses 10% chance of survival.” Lynda