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When someone suffers from cardiac arrest there is not a large timeframe in which effective action can be taken to prevent brain damage or death. 4 to 6 minutes is the average time between unconsciousness and brain death. Sadly, in Australia there is only a 2% to 5% survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest. Being an indiscriminate killer, sudden cardiac arrest can happen at anytime and anywhere, would every person in your workplace, including visitors, be able to easily access your defibrillator?
The location and signage of your defibrillator will mean that the early defibrillation link in the Chain of Survival for sudden cardiac arrest will be successfully completed.
The Chain of Survival is the chain of events that must occur in order to improve the victim’s chances of survival of sudden cardiac arrest. It involves:
early access to medical help
early advanced care
It is clear that the timing of the provision of care is essential to the survival of the victim. Aside from the tight timeframes applied to treatment by the body’s needs, you must also consider that the average wait times for ambulances in Australia is approximately 12 minutes. This means that critical care to save a victim's life needs to begin long before paramedics arrive.
Action in the first 5 minutes of sudden cardiac arrest requires early access to treatment for the victim. Clear signage for your defibrillator can help ensure this early access and that whoever is around at the time of a sudden cardiac arrest, can gain access to your defibrillator. t critical care to save a victim's life needs to begin long before the medics arrival. Action in the first 5 minutes of sudden cardiac arrest requires early access to treatment for the victim. Clear signage for your defibrillator can help ensure this early access and that whoever is around at the time of a sudden cardiac arrest, can gain access to your defibrillator.
When placing a unit and accompanying defibrillator sign you should consider:
What the highest risk areas are of your environment? Do you have employees operating machinery that may put their bodies under stress? or maybe you are a sports club that needs a defibrillator close the sport grounds or courts.
Will your defibrillator be accessible at all time form the location you have chosen? Has it been put in an office that is locked ta certain parts of the day?
Would it be best indoors or outdoors?
Your defibrillator should be central and easy to locate, close to areas of high risk and in a places that will minimise response time. It should always be accessible and in plain sight so as to be obvious in the case of a sudden cardiac arrest and account for people’s panicked state of mind. Your signage should be planned
It should never enter a bystander’s mind that it would be too hard to access your defibrillator. If a defibrillator is not used, the victim’s rate of survival decreases by 10%. Your defibrillator sign needs to also be visible at all times.