Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in Australia, with an estimated 22,000 to 33,000 Australians losing their lives to it each year. However, immediate CPR and defibrillation in the first few minutes may save a person’s life and reduce any long-term neurological damage. Safety Dave is Australia’s trusted supplier of safety equipment for homes and businesses, we understand just how important a workplace defibrillator is, however many businesses simply aren’t aware or think the cost of investing in a portable defibrillator is prohibitive. Read on to find out more.
There Is No Way to Predict Whether a Sudden Cardiac Arrest Will Happen in Your Workplace
SCA can strike anyone, at any time – the young and old, the fit and the unwell. Sudden cardiac arrest happens almost instantly and with very little warning. Knowing this, every workplace regardless of the general age or health of employees, should have a defibrillator easily accessible.
There is No Australia-Wide Current Mandate
While the Australian Resuscitation Council states having a workplace defibrillator is “good practice”, there are no current widespread regulations around which businesses or industries must have defibrillators. South Australia has recently introduced a bill which proposes to make mandatory the installation, maintenance, signage and registration of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in certain types of buildings, however, around Australia it is generally up to each business to assess their needs and make the decision.
Important Things to Know About Defibrillators in the Workplace
There are a few important things to know about portable AED defibrillators that will make having one in the workplace more effective:
Accessible Location – When installing an AED, it is essential that you choose an accessible and visible location and that clear signage is also installed. It should not be placed in a locked room or cabinet. A central location within the business, close to common areas is a good idea.
Set It Up Properly – Defibrillators will not be immediately activated and ready to use when you first purchase them. Make sure you follow the instructions received with your unit, which may include such steps as pulling a tab and pressing a button.
Staff Training – It is vital that you make employees aware that there is a defibrillator available in your workplace. A demonstration on how to use it should also be given to all staff. Whilst formal training is not required to use an AED, simple training will ensure everyone is likely to be more comfortable to use one during a SCA emergency.
Maintenance – It’s important to perform the routine maintenance required to keep your portable AED defibrillator in proper working order. It should also be replaced every 8 years or as per manufacturer’s recommendations.
The Cost of Defibrillators
Many Australian businesses of a sizeable nature such as major supermarkets, retail chains, hotels, and sporting clubs have already implemented the installation of these life saving devices. But for many smaller businesses who may be facing budget difficulties, the cost of these units may seem prohibitive. The key thing that is important to understand, is isn’t always necessary to spend thousands of dollars, a high quality portable defibrillator can be purchased for a just few hundred dollars – and that’s all you may need to save the life of one of your employees, clients or customers.
Purchase a Defibrillator Today
Safety Dave stocks a wide range of reliable and cost-effective safety products that can help save a life. From a portable defibrillator to reversing cameras, TPMS and fire safety equipment, we have everything you need to make your home or workplace safer. Shop online now or get in touch with us by calling 1800 072 338. Our staff are here to help you select the most appropriate equipment for your needs and budget.