Hey Fellow WestsTigers fans,
I have come across a petition that is seeking to make AED’s (cheap portable defibrillators) mandatory in the Australian work places. As a tigers fan, I often worry about my heart health and hence I think I would benefit from a change like this. Have a quick look as it may save you or someone you care about if we all come together on this one.
- Some 23,000 to 33,000 Australians are estimated to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year
For each minute that passes without treatment, the chance of survival is reduced by 10%, therefore a 10 minute “window of opportunity” to act
The average ambulance response times in Australia, whilst exceptional on a global scale is between 8-12 minutes
Overall Survival of SCA is estimated to be between 9% - 12%
Survival climbs to above 50% when CPR and Defibrillation is applied within 3 minutes
An AED in the workplace is by far the best way to ensure Defibrillation occurs within 3 minutes
The campaign also points out some other interesting numbers
- 4 time more people die from sudden cardiac arrest than all four most common cancers combined
16 times more people die from sudden cardiac arrest than all road fatalities
300 times more people die from sudden cardiac arrest than all fire related incidents
As a country we have done great work around sunscreen in the workplace, great work around driver safety etc, great work around fire extinguishers in the workplace. Seems pretty straightforward we need to get our priorities right and focus on all us Tigers fans with damaged hearts (I note we are quickly recovering lately) by making our workplaces safer.
A quick google of AED’s suggests they are between $2000 and $3000.
What do you think? Am I missing something? Is this a no brainer?