Gabby said the pair chipped in to purchase their dad an automated external defibrillator (AED) for Father’s Day last year, which has given the family some peace of mind if a medical emergency happens at their rural property.
“Wanting to give cardiac arrest patients in my hometown of Maryborough the best chance of survival is what inspired me to sign up to the Smartphone Activated Medic (GoodSAM) App,” Jess said.
“We have an ageing population in Maryborough, so I would encourage all the locals in my town – and every Victorian – to sign up to the app, because you could save someone’s life. By providing effective compressions while an ambulance is on the way, it gives the patient the chance to survive that they otherwise might not have had.”
Cardiac arrest happens when a person’s heart suddenly stops beating and stops pumping blood effectively around the body; it can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere.
“Pre-hospital care in Victoria is world class, but it all starts when a bystander steps in and starts compressions. While bystanders alone will never replace an ambulance service, equipping people with skills to start the chain of survival; starting chest compressions or CPR and using an AED saves lives,” Mark said.
“Anyone can save a life in three simple steps: Call, Push, Shock. Call Triple Zero (000), Push hard and fast on the middle of the chest, and Shock using an AED.”
An AED is used to deliver a shock to help restore normal heart rhythm following a cardiac arrest.
“The use of public AEDs has nearly doubled in the past 10 years; anyone can use an AED, regardless of whether they have received training to do so. If someone is in cardiac arrest and an AED is available, simply open it and follow the verbal instructions,” Mark said.