Buying an AED is not something that should be put on the backburner
Having a defribillator in your workplace, comminuty club or home can make the difference between life and death. They are easy to use and maintain, and can help save a life prior to the ambulance arriving.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is one of the leading causes of death in Australia. Over 30,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and at any age. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rythem during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy to operate tool for someone with absolutely no medical background.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is not a heart attack; a heart attack is a problem with the plumbing of the heart. In a heart attack one or more of the arteries delivering blood to the heart is blocked, so oxygen in the blood cannot reach the heart muscle and the heart muscle is damaged.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs because of an electrical problem in the heart. Just like a pump needs an energy source to work, the hearts pumping mechanism is driven by electrical signals. With a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the electrical signals to the pump become erratic.
Defibrillation is a process of restoring the heart’s normal rhythm and is crucial in the first minutes following Sudden Cardiac Arrest to maximise the chance of a casualty’s survival. Modern Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have a built-in computer chip, which analyses the casualty’s heart rhythm and determines whether defibrillation is required.
Early access to defibrillation (an electric shock to the heart) can be a life saving measure in the event of a person suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. To have the absolute best chance of survival, defibrillation must be carried out in the first few minutes after a person suffers a SCA.
Once activated, the AED delivers clear, natural voice instructions to guide users through each step of defibrillation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Integrated pads placed on the casualty’s bare skin transmit information to the AED, which senses and adapts to the user’s actions every step of the way.
Buying an AED is not something that should be put in the backburner. Sudden cardiac arrest is a serious thing that can happen at any point and every minute that goes by without using an AED seriously hurts the chances for a victim to survive. We carry a wide variety of AED options, accessories and supplies for your workplace, and have trained professionals to guide you in filling your specific needs.
Click here to learn more about our Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) Program. AED's are available for purchase at our 2 main outlets listed below: