More Australians die each year from sudden cardiac arrest than all cancers combined.
Effective use of an AED within the first 3 mins of sudden cardiac arrest can increase the rate of a patient’s survival to 70%.
The chances of a person surviving sudden cardiac arrest without the use of an AED can be as little as 10%.
Over 30,000 Australians die each year as a result of sudden cardiac arrest.
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What is an Automated External Defibrillator?
- An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that diagnoses life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms that can cause a cardiac arrest.
- It can than rectify the rhythm by administering an “electronic shock” effectively ‘restarting’ the heart to its normal rhythm.
- An AED will not administer a shock unless required. Therefore a bystander can cause no harm to an unconscious patient by using an AED.