Sudden cardiac arrest can affect anyone, anywhere at any time. Currently only one in ten survives cardiac arrest. This is due to the time-sensitive nature of it – for every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by ten per cent. This is why quick access to a defibrillator is essential – if applied within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates can be up to 70 per cent.
Mayor Gary Johanson said, “We are always looking for ways to improve the safety of people who use council facilities, which is why we are pleased to now have automatic defibrillators at ten of our key sites, including all libraries, all community centres and the Civic Centre.”
“The Kilburn Community Centre sees over 1,000 visitors each week, and our four libraries see at least 8,000 people through their doors each week. A person of any age could, at any time, require defibrillation to stay alive.”
“Council staff across our various sites have undertaken training with St John SA to ensure that they can respond to an incident should the need arise”
“Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. When it does, time is of the essence, as the chances of survival decrease by 10% for every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation. The urgency of the situation highlights the importance of having a defibrillator on site.” Michael Cornish, St John Ambulance SA Chief Executive Officer.
Automated External Defibrillators are easy-to-use and give clear voice prompts, meaning that minimal or no training is required to use the devices. In addition to voice prompts, clear visual aids are also used to guide the user through the first critical steps of CPR and defibrillation.
AEDs are completely intuitive; once the pads are applied to the patient’s chest, the unit will analyse the person’s heart rhythm and determine whether or not they require a shock. You cannot accidentally shock someone with an AED. The unit will continue to guide the user through CPR and defibrillation while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
The defibrillators were supplied by St John SA and paid for by Local Government Risk Services on behalf of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council to improve health, safety and wellbeing. The machine at Kilburn Community Centre was funded by a grant from the Northern Communities Health Foundation.
Here is a pic from the photoshoot we did with St John Ambulance | SA for last week's Messenger.