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 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 heat 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 replaced