The 16th of October is Restart A Heart Day.
There are approximately 24,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Australia every year. Only 10 – 12% of patients survive despite the best efforts of paramedics and healthcare professionals . Evidence indicates that a patient’s best chances of survival is dependent on the actions of bystanders to take the first step. To increase survival rates, bystanders must provide the first three links in the ‘Chain of Survival’, namely: (1) Recognition and call for help (000), (2) Early Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and (3) Rapid defibrillation (CALL, PUSH, SHOCK).
This complementary resource kit was developed to support the successful rollout of the one million dollar Federal Government Grant to install defibrillators into caravan parks across Australia. This package includes – understanding the difference between a Heart Attack and a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, how to use a defib, how to maintain a defib and gives access to downloadable posters.
In addition to this DefibsPlus, together with RMS Cloud and Monash University, have developed the HeartSmart Program. This completely free online course aims to build confidence in bystander CPR and defibrillation – empowering the greater community to provide the first three links in the ‘Chain of Survival’ to greatly increase a patient’s chance of survival.
If a loved one experienced a cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? Enrol in the program today and learn how to “Restart A Heart”.