Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death globally. Response time is critical for survival. Increase the chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest by up to 40%. Each year more than 1000 New Zealanders will suffer a heart attack outside of hospital. Many of these people have no prior symptoms and get no warning. Less than 8% will survive if they do not receive immediate treatment. Performing CPR is not always enough to prevent death.
The required solution is to provide not only an appropriate, cost effective, reliable defibrillator, but the necessary training and support for its use.
With Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurring anywhere at any time, workplaces need to be equipped to handle emergencies. That is why Worksafe NZ legislation recommends that workplaces have an AED on site. along with first aid kits and appropriate first aid training.
WHAT IS AN AED
An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator. AED's are portable machines that can automatically diagnose irregular heartbeats and treat through electrical shock. CPR alone cannot jump start the heart back into a regular heart rhythm. CPR just sustains life before a defibrillator can be located.
MediTrain Otago sell AED's to fit your workplace.
To purchase, there is a one off cost of the unit, included in this cost is;
- staff training in one easy session
- yearly checks on the unit to check all is going well and parts do not need to be replaced
The GoodSAM app is now available in New Zealand, supported by St John, Wellington Free Ambulance and the National Cardiac Network. Imagine you were off-duty and someone near to you suffered a cardiac arrest. You were in a position to respond and help, but just needed to be alerted. Wouldn't you want to know? Well, now you can.
The GoodSAM app
The GoodSAM app is a free app that alerts people that a patient suspected to be in cardiac arrest is nearby, allowing them to possibly save a life by providing CPR and using an AED (if available) prior to emergency services arriving.
The app was developed in the United Kingdom and has been implemented by a number of ambulance services around the world.
How the app works
People who know how to perform CPR and use an AED, and who are prepared to voluntarily respond to a patient suspected to be in cardiac arrest, are able to register as a ‘responder’ on the website and download the app on their phone.
If a GoodSAM responder is within 1000 metres of a suspected cardiac arrest they will receive an alert via their phone giving them the opportunity to respond. The app also shows responders the location of the incident and the known closest AEDs.
The more people who download the app, the more coverage we will achieve across New Zealand and the more likely we are to improve outcomes from cardiac arrest.
How to sign up as a responder
Follow this link in your web browser: https://www.goodsamapp.org/regResponder
AED Locations App
Gareth Jenkin started AED Locations after teaching thousands of people how to use CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators). During training sessions, he was often asked about AED locations. He knew that there were a lot of publicly available AEDs, but realised that they were worthless if people didn't know where they were
People were dying within 50 metres of an AED because no one knew it was there.
Publishing AED locations online would make it easier to find them in an emergency, but Gareth lacked the money and the technological know-how to make it happen. After The Listener ran a story on heart attacks and AEDs, Abletech approached Gareth to help.