Friday, 16 September 2011

Heart Attack Cricketer Saved by AED Highlights Value of Defibrillator for Sports Clubs

The recent story about a village cricketer who suffered a massive heart attack while playing in a game highlights the importance of having a defibrillator in your sports club.
In a massive stroke of luck the heart attack victim was playing for a team of doctors. The luck was no so much in the fact that most of his team mates were actually doctors but in the fact that one of them happened to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) in his car at the time.
By having a defibrillator on the scene the patient was able to receive immediate life-saving defibrillation. In the case of sudden cardiac arrest quick treatment is vital with the chances of survival decreasing by 10% for every minute that passes without treatment. After 10 minutes the chances of survival would be almost nil.
Modern defibrillators are very easy to use so even without a team of doctors on hand to help anyone, even without training, can still use a defibrillator to save a life.
The Lifeline AED has been proven in an independent usability study to be the simplest defibrillator use successfully by minimally trained bystanders.