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With heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest being the number one killer of Australians every year, St John Ambulance Queensland, the state’s leading provider of first aid services, is driving the State forward in critical health services by delivering life-saving equipment to better arm businesses in the face of a sudden cardiac arrest.

 

Each year, around 30,000 Australians suffer from sudden cardiac arrest, of which only five per cent survive and the chance of survival decreases by approximately 10 percent for every minute that passes without defibrillation. When an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is used, along with early CPR, the chance of survival increases significantly. St John Queensland’s defibrillators are built to US military specifications, allowing businesses to arm their workplaces with the highest standard of life-saving technology in the event of an emergency.

 

With sudden cardiac arrest death rates remaining increasingly high across the nation, St John Ambulance Queensland CEO, Alex Hutton says the initiative is the next logical step in providing life-saving services to the community following the organisation’s already successful first-aid services and training.

 

“The sunshine state has one of the nation’s worst survival rates of cardiac arrest despite Queensland ambulance services reaching patients faster than any other state services.”

 

“Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere no matter what their age or gender and without a defibrillator close by, the survival rate of cardiac arrest is somewhere between two to five per cent,” Mr Hutton said. “Each second counts and having access to a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death.”

 

Mr Hutton says he believes in the need for defibrillators to be installed nationwide.

 

“Cardiac arrest can happen with no prior warning signs or symptoms, so public access to defibrillators is a critical step in maximising the potential for survival,”

 

“It is a business’s duty of care to look after its employees. With with defibrillators now more readily available and proven to be successful, the installation of one of our defibrillators on any premise will bring Queensland businesses one step closer to ensuring the best possible chance of survival in the event of a cardiac arrest,”

 

“We are urging for defibrillators to be installed in all businesses, workplaces, farms and public spaces across the nation to ensure no one is left the victim of a sudden cardiac arrest, and I encourage all Queensland businesses to lead the way and act now by ensuring a defibrillator is accessible to everyone.”

 

The defibrillators come with recorded verbal instructions to guide the user through the entire process making them safe for anyone to use.

 

St John Queensland is offering Queensland businesses a one-off special on two of its top lifesaving defibrillators, giving customers peace of mind and easier accessibility to lifesaving technology in the case of sudden cardiac arrest. Both packages come with a free alarmed cabinet, carry case, responder kit and signage visibility kit when purchased from the St John Ambulance website.

 

To learn more about first aid solutions and services St John Ambulance Queensland can provide, please visit the website at www.stjohnqld.com.au

 

 

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About St John Ambulance

St John is a 130-year-old self-funded charitable organisation with one dedicated purpose – to save lives.

 

St John is Australia's most trusted first aid organisation and provides quality first aid products, services and training to the community.

 

Media Enquiries

 

Paula Price, General Manager Marketing and Business Services

St John Ambulance Australia Queensland Limited

E: paula.price@stjohnqld.com.au

T: 0417 785 228

W: www.stjohnqld.com.au

 

References:

https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/your-heart/sudden-cardiac-death, accessed 20 June 2017.

http://www.takeheartaustralia.com.au/cardiac-arrest-in-australia/, accessed 20 June 2017

http://www.defibtech.com.au/contact-defibtech/saving-lives-aed-defibrillator.htm, accessed 20 June 2017

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