Sunshine Coast District RSL has supplied the local RSL Subbranches with new defibrillators.
There was a short training session arranged by the District Office at the end of July. It was required that a couple of members from each RSL attended in order to collect the new defibrillator.
Queensland Ambulance conducted the training.
This was not a certified training, but was intended to ensure that there was some knowledge of the device by the locals in the RSL.
Simple to use
Defibrillators are by default intended to be simple to use.
There are step by step instructions on the device.
In the case that the defibrillator is required it is expected that 000 would be contacted and would assist with the first aid being delivered.
There are safety features built in to the defibrillator which means that if you follow the step by step instructions that it can not deliver a shock to a healthy person without a heart problem. This eliminates the guess work for the operator of the device.
Time is Critical with Heart Attack
We did learn some valuable information at the training session.
The amount of avoidable deaths per year from heart attack is astounding.
The first 10 minutes is critical following a heart attack. This means that the first people on the scene can make a huge difference. Every minute without treatment can greatly reduce the survival of a heart attack victim.
*This advice is not intended to be medical advice, simply relaying the information given by a very experienced Queensland Ambulance Paramedic”.
The defibrillator will be mounted on the wall with easy access in case of am emergency.
Facilities will arrange the installation.