Call for Defibrillator use in the Australian National Curriculum

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

two lives saved

Water safety experts are calling for practical lifesaving to become part of Australia's National Curriculum after 21 people drowned in just 2 weeks over the 2016/2017 new year.

Bruce "Hoppo" Hopkins, head lifeguard at Bondi Beach and vice president of Surf Educators International said there had been 400 rescues at Bondi since Christmas Eve and 220 ambulance call outs for near drownings.

"It is extremely important that children are educated in all aspects of water safety. Given the recent tragedies, I believe it is crucial that we pass on valuable knowledge."

Mr Hopkins said swim safety and lifesaving techniques including CPR, spinal management and how to use a defibrillator should be taught in schools as part of the national curriculum.

"It should be compulsory," he said. "We take kids as young as four years old into the water and in a controlled environment using flotation devices such as kickboards, we show them what to do if they are in a rip. Staying calm and floating is key and it is great to see the kids relax and learn how to respect the ocean."

Tracey Ayton, chief executive of Eastlakes' Little Heroes Swim Academy, said people with swimming pools on their property should ensure they were fenced off and learn CPR in the event of an accident.

"If you are the owner of a pool and are hosting a party always make sure there is an allocated pool watcher, just like a designated driver," she said. "This person must be an able bodied adult who is ready to get wet and rescue if needed, not someone reading a book or distracted by phones."

Does your school have a defibrillator? Check out the facts here.

2 lives saved in just 2 weeks!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

two lives saved

Lives are being saved more and more often by AEDs across Australia, becoming commonplace enough that we don't always get to hear the good news. However we have heard reports that two lives were saved already this year by our AEDs in different states of Australia at a Fitness Centre and a Shopping Centre - two places you would not want to be without an AED.

What a great way to start 2017! To celebrate, our "Forward Hearts" program will donate an AED for each of the individuals who survived sudden cardiac arrest to the charity or organization of their choice.

We hope the year sees more being installed in similar venues throughout Australia, and that they continue to save lives whether we hear about them or not.

TGA test the HeartSine Samaritan PAD 500P

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The TGA (Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration) have recently completed testing on the HeartSine Samaritan PAD 500P, providing Aero Healthcare with a Certificate of Official Analyst and Notice of Test Result, certifying the unit was tested and passed satisfactorily.

You can download the documents from the TGA here:

Download the Certificate of Official Analyst (pdf)
Download the Notice of Test Result (docx)

See more documentation on the 500P and our other products in the Resources Section.

Our team is ready to answer all questions!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Heartsine AEDs Information Stand

Aero Healthcare AED sponsored the two day Allens Training National Conference at Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast.

This year, more than 100 trainers attended to network and build on being the best trainers in the country, with presenters bringing years of experience in first aid, health, resuscitation, training and assessment, and compliance. With a "focus on success" speakers assisted trainers with new technologies to deliver superior training to students and improve their businesses.

Public School P&C decides AEDs essential for the community

Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Public School Defibrillator

Timbumburi Public School have recently taken delivery of one of our Heartsine Samaritan AED and a PAD training device to learn how to use their latest piece of life-saving equipment. School principal Jane Kibble said the AED would be a resource for the community.

"We're in an area where there isn’t one nearby. We had over 200 people here for our grandparents' day recently - the school is not only for education, it's a community hub too."

The school's P&C purchased the public access defibrillator following the ordeal of a local parent who had a heart attack during a hockey match in Tamworth, and was revived thanks to immediate CPR and the use of the Hockey Club's AED.

Ms Kibble said the school community was "shaken up" at the news and said buying the the unit was the "best thing the school could do. If something happened again, we would have a defib and would be able to have another happy ending."

P&C vice-president Ray Aslin urged other local businesses to consider getting a defibrillator.

Contact Aero Healthcare now for a free quote on 1800 628 881 or via our online form.

Dangerous Misconceptions: the ‘risk’ of defibrillators

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Ambulance reponse times are not fast enough to dispense with AEDs and CPR

Aero Healthcare was recently surprised to learn one of our customers wanted to return a defibrillator they had just purchased. The reason wasn't dissatisfaction with the AED nor financial issues: the company had decided that having a defibrillator on-site would be a large risk to their staff, and in the case of Cardiac Arrest they would prefer to call an ambulance.

This line of reasoning is dangerously flawed:

  • An Ambulance is always required.
  • For every minute an Ambulance takes to arrive there is a 10% decrease in likelihood that a victim of Cardiac Arrest will survive.
  • Ambulance response times are typically 12-15 minutes (more for remote locations), so this is a very serious factor.
  • Using a defibrillator during this time that has a CPR coaching function can increase the chance of survival for Cardiac Arrest to 85%

Ambulance Victoria recently outlined the need for an AED and for CPR to assist in increasing the chance of survival before an Ambulance arrives:

Furthermore there is no physical risk to staff or the victim: a defibrillator will not and cannot be made to deliver a shock unless it detects the need for one.

There is very little legal risk to staff using a defibrillator: all Australian states and territories have enacted "Good Samaritan" laws that offer legal protection to a person who gives assistance in a medical emergency. The entire purpose of this legislation is to encourage people to assist strangers in need without the fear of legal repercussions from an error in treatment. There has been no reported Australian case in which a “Good Samaritan” has been sued by a person claiming that the actions of the good Samaritan were negligent.

While some may leap upon the statement that there is "very little legal risk" as opposed to "no legal risk", we should again reiterate that there have been no reported cases where anyone has been successfully sued for performing CPR or using an AED, or for that matter, not doing CPR or not using an AED.

For those worried about the liability of the company who purchased the AEDs, a company is a legal person so it too could argue that by allowing its staff member to render assistance, it was a “Good Samaritan” and entitled to any protection the law provides. The reason why we can only say they “could argue” is again that there is no precedence for companies needing to argue this in Australian courts.

With almost 30,000 people in Australia dying each year from Sudden Cardia Arrest, it is tragic for a business to reverse the decision of installing a defibrillator for the purpose of saving lives - especially when that decision is based on unfounded fears of litigation and the misconception that a victim of Cardiac Arrest can rely on the response time of Ambulances.

The above does not constitute Legal Advice. If you have any concerns or questions, please refer to your lawyer.

Further Reading:

James Tibballs, 2004
"Legal Liabilities for Assitance and Lack of Assistance rendered by Good Samaritans and Volunteers"

Australian Resus Council, 2015
"Section 10: Guideline 10.5 - Legal and Ethical Issues Related to Resuscitation"

VIDEO: Police avert disaster using Heartsine Defibrillator

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Laurel Police use Heartsine Defibrillator to save life

LAUREL, Md. (ABC7) — A 55-year-old man's life was saved after Laurel Police used an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) to revive him.

Police said officers arrived to the 500 block of 8th Street on November 11 for a report of suspicious activity and found the man lying face down in the middle of the road not breathing.

Police attempted to use CPR to resuscitate him, and when that didn't work, an AED was used to shock him. Police said the man's heart began to beat and he was transported to Laurel Regional Hospital in stable condition.

AED's are used to read heart rhythms and deliver an electronic shock in cases of cardiac arrest.

"The benefit of having these AEDs in the cars is tremendous, especially when the time is short," said Chief Richard McLaughlin. "We can see now from this instance that they are truly life-savers."


Samaritans Save Teen

Friday, September 25, 2015

Physio-Control to Acquire HeartSine®

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dear Partner,

The recently announced acquisition of HeartSine Technologies by Physio-Control is significant and positive for you and the market. Physio-Control is a world leader in the hospital, pre-hospital, emergency services and professional responder market. HeartSine is a world leader in the public access and corporate market. The resulting expanded product portfolio and greater market presence will present opportunities to bring customers increased value. The combined companies form an end-to-end AED solutions provider -- and will enable more AEDs to be deployed in more locations to help save more lives.

HeartSine is now a subsidiary of Physio-Control. There is no change to the distribution channels. It is business as usual. You can't purchase HeartSine products from the Physio Control office and you can't purchase Lifepak products throughHeartSineAero Healthcare remains the sole Master Distributor in Australia for HeartSine Products.

This acquisition was not to consolidate the brands or the product ranges, but was done because Physio Control could see that HeartSine had become a market leader in the area of Public Access Defibrillation, and the HeartSine had market leading products, in particular to successful samaritan 500P, the only AED with intelligent CPR feedback.

As part of a large company this will further leverage success of the HeartSine brand an accelerate further product development into the future. So watch this space!

Thank you for your important, lifesaving work.

Kind Regards,

Robert Fowler | AED National Product Manager

Man's Life Saved by Wife and Son

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Earlier this year, while at home John Lucas suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) that that almost caused him to lose his life.

Fortunately, his household kept a HeartSine Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on-hand, as his son was diagnosed with a heart problem that can lead to SCA.

When Lucas experienced the SCA, he suddenly collapsed on his bedroom floor. Within seconds, his wife, who is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED trained, called the emergency services, began CPR, and asked her son to retrieve the nearby HeartSine AED.

Lucas’ wife began administering the chest compressions then connected the HeartSine AED to his chest. The samaritan® 500P assessed his heart and guided his wife through CPR advising her to “push harder’, “push faster” or “push slower” so that she performed optimum compressions on her husband.

Thanks to the device’s verbal feedback, Lucas received proper high-quality CPR, which bought him time and kept him alive until the paramedics took over.

As part of HeartSine’s Forward Hearts program, which allows survivors of a SCA event, in which a HeartSine defibrillator has been used, to potentially save another life by donating a HeartSine samaritan® PAD to the charity or organization of the survivor’s choice, Lucas has donated a lifesaving AED to Northern Suburbs Rugby Club, one of Sydney’s most historic rugby union clubs. The device will protect the club’s players and its thousands of spectators in the event of a SCA. The donation is courtesy of HeartSine and its distributor, Adopt-A-Defib™.

John & Elizabeth Lucas (centre) joined by staff from Adopt-A-Defib™ and Take Heart Australia

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, causing blood to stop flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA happens to people of all ages, including children, and is often fatal if not treated within minutes.

SCA claims more than seven million lives annually, and in Australia alone, around 30,000 Australians suffer a sudden SCA every year, and on average, only one in ten survive, making it imperative for all homes and public places to have an AED on-hand.

Learn more about HeartSine’s line of AEDs by clicking here.

Click here to read the full news feature.

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