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Another life Saved

Friday, December 06, 2013
For the ninth time in 2013 an Australians life has been saved by the timely use of a Heartsine Samaritan 500P Defibrillator. On Saturday, November 30th a 52 year old Surf Lifesaver was attending a Surf Lifesaver Competition in Thirroul.

He began to feel ill during the competition and presented himself at the first aid station where he was given oxygen and connected to a Samaritan 500P Defibrillator in order to monitor his condition. After a short time he lapsed into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated by defibrillation with the AED.

He lapsed a second time while waiting for an ambulance to arrive and was once again shocked back to life. Reports from the hospital say that he lapsed several more time while in transit but defibrillation was successful each time. He has subsequently been diagnosed with a blocked artery and a Stent has been inserted.n The unidentified patient is presently listed in stable condition and will be undergoing Bypass Surgery as soon as he has regained his strength. 

As stated above this is the ninth episode where a Heartsine Samaritan 500P Defibrillator has been credited with saving a life in Australia this year. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the number one cause of death in Australia; with many of the deaths being attributable to a lack of proper CPR training among bystanders and the absence of life saving AEDs. The first 10 minutes of a Cardiac Event are the most critical, with patients' chances of survival dropping by approximately 10 percent for each minute between the onset of arrest and the beginning of treatment. Unfortunately, the normal response time from EMT's is outside this critical window of opportunity.

Defibrillation with an AED is the persons only hope of survival in these situations. As this case clearly illustrates having an AED is more than worth the small cost associated with them.

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