Did you know that only 1 in 10 Australians survive a cardiac arrest?
Together we can beat that and improve cardiac arrest survival rates by knowing what to do in a health emergency.
Ultimately, we want every Australian to know how to do CPR and use an AED in a health emergency.
What is a cardiac arrest?
23,000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest every year. That’s 63 people every day.
But only 1 in 10 survive a cardiac arrest.
If the heart stops pumping, it is known as a cardiac arrest.
Cardiac arrest can occur without warning. It is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). This malfunction can stop the heart from pumping blood around the body.
Performing CPR is extremely important in this situation by enabling blood to continue pumping to vital organs, such as the brain, before an ambulance arrives.
Learning to #restartaheart through these three simple steps could save the life of someone you know and love.
1. Call 000
In a health emergency, calling an ambulance could mean the difference between life and death. If someone is unconscious and not breathing you should call Triple Zero (000).
Triple Zero (000) call takers are trained to help you, and will even guide you through CPR over the phone before paramedics arrive on the scene.
Knowing when and how to call Triple Zero (000) is an important skill for everyone to know, including children.
Here are some links to more information to help you understand what happens when you make a Triple Zero (000) call.
A person who is unconscious and not breathing normally needs CPR immediately.
CPR stands for CardioPulmonary Resuscitation
By performing CPR, you circulate blood so that it can continue to provide oxygen to the body, the brain and other organs before an ambulance arrives.
Anyone can learn CPR and it could save someone’s life.
Some CPR resources and tools are included below.
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. You may have heard it called a defib.
If someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, an AED is a lightweight, battery operated, portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart in an attempt to restore a normal rhythm. This electric shock is also known as defibrillation.
Every minute counts in cardiac arrest. The chance of survival doubles if someone is defibrillated before paramedics arrive on scene, so it’s important that they can be easily located when needed.
You may have already seen AEDs in places you visit every day, including shopping centres, sporting clubs, gyms or even your workplace.
You don’t need training to use an AED. If someone is in cardiac arrest and an AED is available, simply open it and follow the instructions.
If you own an AED, please take a moment to register your AED with us. It could save someone’s life.
For more information visit the AED Registry
Restart a Heart Day, 16 October 2019