The Importance of a Defibrillator

The Importance of a Defibrillator

23rd Jan 2023

If someone had a cardiac arrest in your office, at your local park, at the shopping centre or in your home - would you know what to do? 

The Importance of a Defibrillator: Every Second Counts

Over 30,000 Australians suffer from sudden cardiac arrest each year. As little as 5% survive without an automated external defibrillator (AED). 

So, when sudden cardiac arrest strikes, a defibrillator really can determine the difference between life and death. In fact, when a defibrillator is used before paramedics arrive, the chance of survival can reach as high as 70%. 

Many people underestimate the value of defibrillators - and while they should be located in both public and private spaces, the scary part is that they’re not. It currently isn’t mandatory for defibrillators to be accessible in public or high-risk areas. 

There are far too many stories that circulate the news of individuals suffering a cardiac arrest, and bystanders not having access to a defibrillator. 

Having access to a defibrillator in public and populated spaces like workplaces, sporting grounds, shopping centres and schools is vital, but knowledge of how to use a defibrillator should not be limited to just these individuals.

Everyone should know how to use a defibrillator. 

When do I use a defibrillator? 

You will know when to use a defibrillator when the time strikes and a person: 

  • Has collapsed Isn’t responding and; 
  • They are not breathing 

How does a defibrillator work? 

You don’t need training to use one of our St John defibrillators. They are simple, effective and ready to use. The rescue-coach voice and on-screen text prompts guide users step-by-step through the rescue process. You just need to follow these clear spoken instructions. In addition, a defibrillator won’t shock you or the person unless it needs to.

The Rescue Ready® element of the St John defibrillator performs the most comprehensive daily self-testing of any AED to ensure it is ready to rescue – so you know that if you are in an emergency and you need to use it - it will work. 

Do you really want to risk it if the event happens where someone goes into cardiac arrest? The answer is no! 

Get a defibrillator today and rest easy knowing that if an emergency were to happen, you know how to help out.

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