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Don’t Lock Away Your Defibrillators

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It’s the nightmare scenario you never want to happen.

Someone collapses at your place of work. A colleague, a customer or a tradesman. You’ve received CPR training and you know how to use a defibrillator. As someone calls the paramedics, you suddenly realise in your panic-stricken state that you aren’t 100% sure where the defibrillator is. Was it on the back of the door? Was it shoved under Tracy’s desk? Wasn’t it still sitting in the box in the storeroom, unopened from when you bought it?

In the 5 minutes it takes you to frantically search those locations, another staff member suggests it might be locked in the manager’s office cabinet. Your manager is off sick today. You spend another minute frantically searching his office for keys to no avail.

It’s now been 6 minutes since the collapse and paramedics have arrived. A staff member had been diligently performing CPR the entire time and gratefully allow paramedics to take control. They have a defibrillator, which they immediately start prepping.

The trouble is…it’s been 7 minutes now. The chance that the patient will survive has dropped down to 30%. It’s not looking good. The patient is moved to the hospital with the paramedics still working away.

Half an hour later, you hear the news. They didn’t make it.

You go into shock. You feel instant, crushing guilt. You think it’s your fault. And the fact is, those 6 minutes spent searching for the defibrillator could have made all the difference if the defibrillator had been applied within 1 minute to the patient.

Unfortunately, scenarios like this happen all over the world and such a simple thing could prevent them: have an easily accessible defibrillator in an open, known location.

Too many times we see people purchase a defibrillator and leave it in the box under a desk (without telling anyone where it is). We see defibrillators locked away in an office: “That thing cost me $2,000, I’m not leaving it out in the open for anyone to take!” you say.

And then, the saddest situation of all. We see businesses like these finally put up their defib in a cabinet, tell the staff where it is and provide training for the staff in how to use it. But only after a tragedy has taken place.

We advocate for a proactive response, not a reactive one. We don’t want correct procedures to be followed as a consequence of a tragedy; we want you to follow them to ensure it never happens in the first place.

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It’s a ten minute window from the time of cardiac arrest to a less than 3% chance of survival. And we want you to use that time wisely to save a life.


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