• 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.