We are encouraging all people in Brisbane and other states and territories in Australia to join this year’s celebration of Restart a Heart Day 2020.
Last year, thousands of Australian children and adults learnt two important life-saving skills -cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). And we are looking to do it all over again and make it even bigger this 2020.
This year’s World Restart A Day will be taking place on Friday, 16th October 2020. This annual celebration is supported by all ambulance services in Australia, the Ambulance Victoria, NSW Ambulance, SA Ambulance Service, St. John WA, Queensland Ambulance Service, ACT Ambulance Service, Ambulance Tasmania, St John Ambulance NT.
Australian Resuscitation Council, the Heart Foundation, NGOs, schools, workplaces, and other RTOs and independent training organisations are expressing their support in this global initiative to increase awareness of bystander CPR and AED intervention in the event of a cardiac arrest.
If someone is experiencing cardiac arrest or a heart attack and you are the only person in the area, would you know what to do?
Only 1 in every 10 Australians survive in a cardiac arrest making it the biggest silent killer among Australian people. 23,000 cases of out of hospital cardiac arrest are recorded every year. In the 2017 annual report by Queensland Ambulance Service, 5,301 out of hospital cases were recorded, which is higher in the past years. Only 41% of those given were given first aid resuscitation and attended by paramedics. The high mortality rate of cardiac arrest is still one of the main problems of many Queenslanders.
How can you Restart a Heart?
When suffering a cardiac arrest, a person’s heart cannot pump blood to the brain, lungs, and other organs, often causing the person to have difficulty breathing and become unconscious. Cardiac arrest victims have a low chance of survival unless you do these three steps. Call. Push. Shock.
Knowing when and how to call 000 (Australia’s Emergency Service Number) could mean a difference between life and death. If someone is having trouble breathing and is unresponsive, it is best for you or another bystander to dial triple Zero and ask for a professional. Emergency call takers are well-trained in giving CPR and AED guidelines over the phone until the ambulance arrives.
2. Push (CPR)
A person suffering from cardiac arrest often needs CPR immediately. Early application of CPR help circulates the blood so it can continue to provide oxygen to the body, the brain, and other organs.
3. Shock (AED)
AED is a battery-operated portable device often used to check the heart rhythm and send an electric shock to the heart in a cardiac arrest. If someone is defibrillated, their chance of survival is doubled. AEDs, also called defibrillators, are easily located in public places, including shopping centres, sporting clubs, gyms and workplaces.
Help us equip the current and next generation of lifesavers with vital CPR and AED skills. First Aid, CPR and training courses are currently being offered by Brisbane First Aid Courses. Enrol now and Save a Life Tomorrow!