Ambulance Victoria First Responder and Community Programs Manager Mike Ray said B’s survival reinforces the importance of bystander intervention.
“We know that minutes matter in a cardiac arrest and that if a person receives bystander CPR and defibrillation, their chance of survival increases by more than 70 per cent,” Mr Ray said.
The latest VACAR report also shows an overall survival rate of nine per cent (624), down slightly on previous years, however this can be attributed to impacts of COVID-19.
“As Victorians have spent more time at home due to the pandemic, we have seen a decrease in arrests occurring in public locations and, consequently, a slight decrease in use of publicly accessible AEDs,” Mr Ray said.
“These last couple of years have been very challenging due to the pandemic but we can still proudly say that Victoria has one of the best cardiac survival rates in the world.”
The report also reveals an average emergency response time of 8.2 minutes from the Triple Zero call with most patients defibrillated in just over 10 minutes.
Of cardiac arrest cases, 66 per cent were male and 34 per cent female, with 79 per cent occurring inside the home.
With more Victorians suffering cardiac arrest, Mr Ray said AV’s GoodSAM Responder program had never been more important.
“GoodSAM is a life-saving smartphone app that connects Victorians in cardiac arrest with volunteers who are willing to start CPR and use an AED in the critical minutes before paramedics arrive,” Mr Ray said.
“We were thrilled to sign up more than 1000 extra GoodSAM Responders last year, meaning we now have more than 15,000 volunteers willing to help us save lives across the state.”
Since 2018, more than 55 lives have been saved thanks to the actions of GoodSAM Responders.
To find out more about GoodSAM, visit heartrestarter.com.au.
The VACAR report is available here.