An AED, also referred to as a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) is a portable and easy-to-operate medical device that analyses an unconscious person’s heart rhythm and automatically delivers an electric shock if they are having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). A SCA is a condition that occurs when the heart unexpectedly stops pumping. SCA can occur to anyone – young or old, male or female – anywhere, at any time. Many people with SCA have no warning signs or symptoms.
AED location map
AEDs have been installed in strategic locations across the campuses to provide coverage to all buildings within a defined response time. AEDs have also been situated in buildings where a specific risk of SCA has been identified as part of research and/or teaching activities. In addition, Security hold an AED in Building 115 which can be brought to the scene of an emergency.
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Sudden cardiac arrest as opposed to myocardial infarction (heart attack) can strike any person regardless of age, gender or health status. Approximately 33,000 Australians die every year from sudden cardiac arrest and survival rates are estimated at less than 5%. In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, time is of the essence. For every minute that the victim is not defibrillated they lose a 10% chance of life, so after 10 minutes, chance of recovery are virtually nil.
An AED delivers a set amount of electrical shock to the heart after it analyses the heart rhythm. It determines whether a shock is required to the heart via adhesive electrode pads attached to the person’s chest. The shock delivered by a defibrillator interrupts the chaotic rhythm of the heart and gives the heart a chance to return to its normal rhythm.
Anyone can use a defibrillator – it is just a matter of following the voice prompts provided by the unit. However, training is recommended to give the user greater confidence. For more information on training courses email firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is a normal heart rhythm, an AED will not allow a shock to be delivered. For example, if a person thinks the casualty is not breathing but the heart is beating, an AED will assess whether there is a heart rhythm and advise by voice command that a shock is not required. The AED will not allow a shock to be delivered.
No. The AED assesses the status of a person’s heart and will not shock a normal heartbeat.
Defibrillation is most effective when carried out as quickly as possible in the first few minutes after Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Every minute a casualty doesn’t have defibrillation chance of survival drops by 10%. The first three (3) minutes being the most crucial. Data suggests if defibrillation is received within the first three (3) minutes survival rates could be approximately 70%.
Patients shocked by a public access AED survive at twice the rate of those shocked just a few minutes later by a St John clinical crew.