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Best Emergency Phone Apps Australia

It seems our mobile phones are always by our side.

Perhaps our phone apps can be our best friend in an emergency, disaster situation in Australia. 

The Best Australian Emergency Apps For Your Phone

 

Emergency +

The vital lifesaving skills you need in an emergency may not be enough or you need to understand what to do until the ambulance arrive

When calling 000 from a mobile phone you need be able to provide as much information as possible to emergency service operators about the where the emergency is happening. When you’re in town and there are streets everywhere this isn’t as tricky, but if you are travelling in a country area, particularly if it is unfamiliar to you, it becomes much harder.

The Emergency+  app addresses one of the biggest issues currently faced by emergency service operators. With 66 per cent of 000 callers phoning from their mobile phones and with many unable to provide their exact location – such as when they’re on a beach or on a long stretch of road.

What 3 Words Feature added to Emergency +

The Emergency+ smart phone app uses your phones GPS function to provide you with your longitude and latitude. Recently updated to include What3words which encodes your GPS location into 3 dictionary words with a resolution of about 3 square meters and was used for the first time in Australia to rescue a person in February 2020

NB. If you have no mobile reception you are unable to contact emergency services. If planning a hiking trip you can hire an EPIRB from these locations

“Anybody have plans to stare at their phone somewhere exciting this weekend?”

Nitya Prakash

writer, a banker, a management expert, an investment consultant, software engineer, motivational speaker, media man, all rolled in one

Triple Zero Kids Challange

Could your children help you out if you needed them to call emergency services. Would they know what to do?

This is a free app to teach children how to handle emergency situations including simulations of  000 calls from a mobile phone The app has 9 different safety based scenarios that teach basic safety information

Children learn and talk through the questions they will be asked in an Emergency call.

Police, fire or ambulance.

What is your exact address? Do your children know your address? How they can identify your location if the address is unknown

What phone number are you calling from?

What is the emergency you are having?

Can you tell me exactly what is wrong.

Are there other adults who can help you?

Always stay on the phone.

Do you know if the person takes special medicine?

Can you find it?

Can you help him take it?

Stay calm and talk clearly.

Understanding unconsciousness and how to get a response are also discussed.

Users are shown how to make emergency calls if a phone is locked.

You Can Download the app here

 

Ocean Shores Country Club AED Heart Safe Communities

Ocean Shores Country Club is a Heart Safe Place with an AED onsite at their Club and Restuarant

International Paramedic College recently delivered a Lifepak CR2 AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to the Ocean Shores Country Club.

Here Ian Wills (General Manager ) Christopher Graham (Golf pro shop manager) Troy Makin (golf course management) are pictured with the Lifepak CR2 AED’s to help in the event of a cardiac arrest at the club or on the Golf Course, Swimming Pool Lawn Bowls Bistro and Function Rooms.

What a great local “big hearted” Sporting and Community Club.

Ian Willis and the team from Ocean Shores Country Club regularly complete CPR and First Aid Training courses  with International Paramedic College and wanted an AED that was easy to use as a public access device and saw the value of having an AED close at hand in an emergency at the club, in the pool on the golf course or bowling greens. “We want to support our staff members and guests and we know that heart attacks can happen anywhere and at any time”.

Ocean Shores Country Club is one of the premier Golf destinations. The course was designed in the late 1960s by the team of Bruce Devlin and Robert von Hagge. The Course has incredible sweeping views with Pacific Ocean views of Byron Bay to the east and the Koonyum Ranges to the west. The championship layout will test any golfer, particularly off the back tees.

The Golf, Lawn Bowls, Pool and club dinning facilities are exceptional and make it a great community hub for the greater Ocean Shores Mullumbimby and Byron Bay communities.

Staff from International Paramedic College provided AED awareness training and demonstrated to us how to use an AED in Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Of course we all hope we are not required to use it, but having an AED available reduces the time to first shock which improves survival rates dramatically.

Ocean Shores Country Club

Ocean Shores Country Club has 2  “Defib Machine” that can deliver a shock to the heart in event of sudden cardiac arrest. They are a little ways from Medical support from Mullumbimby or Byron so it is a great idea to help staff members and guests to the club and its fantastic facilities on the North Coast of NSW.

They purchased the Lifepak AED and a great AED cabinet which provides for easy and recognisable access to the AED for all members and visitors to the club and with training and local support from International Paramedic College.

 

Why Buy an AED?

Its a smart move being cardiac safe because the Australian Resuscitation Council says “for every minute defibrillation is delayed there is a 10% reduction in survival.” In Australia you should consider the 7 reasons why you need an AED?

 

Did you know why you might need an AED?

  • Four people under 35 suffer a sudden cardiac arrest in Australia every week.
  • Around 20,000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest outside a hospital every year. 
  • The first 3-5 minutes after sudden cardiac arrest hold the key to survival.
  • The survival rate if you have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital is approximately 10%
  • An AED applied early can change the survival rate dramatically.

 

While you don’t need any training to use an AED but training will help reduce the time to first shock, helps you know how to put the pads on and feel like you know what you are doing. First Aid training and CPR courses will help people feel more confident in using an AED and providing CPR but this AED is designed to be simple to use and can be used by people without formal training. So our advice is don’t be scared if you need to use one on somebody.

Look at the video below to see how easy they are to use, turn them on and follow the prompts.

Why do clubs like Ocean Shores need an AED?

 

Because every bit of research shows that “

The Key To Survival in Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the “Time to First Shock.”

Having an AED in strategic places at your club gives everybody a better chance of survival in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.

We recommended the Lifepak CR2 AED to Ocean Shore Country Club because we believe it is so simple to use in an emergency, it has adult and paediatric capability and I believe it represents the best value defibrillator for their needs. It is simply the best AED on the market today.

Craig Nolan

CEO and Paramedic, International Paramedic College

Watch these vidoes to understand how simple it is to use the full automatic Lifepak CR 2 on Adults or Children in an Emergency.

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Fresh@Heart at Wardell buys an AED Defibrillator

Fresh@Heart at Wardell is a Heart Safe Place with an AED onsite in their workplace

International Paramedic College recently delivered a new Lifepak CR2 Defib unit or AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to Brianna Essex Office Manager and Jack Pipo HR and Operations Manager at Fresh@Heart.

Fresh@Heart produces cucumbers for the Coles supermarket chain in East Wardell near Ballina in Northern NSW. They are a family owned amazing success story and great local business that has been continuing to provide employment in the local area successfully for 35 years. What a great local “big hearted” business.

Brianna from Fresh@Heart said “I attended a first aid course in Ballina with International Paramedic College and I was so impressed with the idea of having an AED or Defibrillator in our workplace, and I saw the value of having an AED close at hand in an emergency. We are a little out of town at Wardell and we have about  staff working here at Fresh@Heart. I was concerned because someone we know recently had some cardiac problems and an Ambulance had to be called. Also, we are not getting any younger and we worry about our staff, we’re like a family out here and a bit away from things and so we need to look after each other”.

Jay from International Paramedic College came out and demonstrated to us how to use the AED and what to do in an emergency. “I hope we never have to use it, but knowing that it’s there gives us some “piece of mind”.

 

Fresh@Heart

Fresh@Heart has put a great AED or “Defib Machine” at its location at East Wardell, near Ballina on the NSW, North Coast. They  employ about 60 people at a great facility and set-up they have at Wardell.

They purchased the Lifepak AED and a great AED cabinet which provides for easy and recognisable access to the AED for all workers and visitors to the site and with training and support locally from International Paramedic College.

 

Why Buy an AED?

Its a smart move being cardiac safe because the Australian Resuscitation Council says “for every minute defibrillation is delayed there is a 10% reduction in survival.” In Australia you should consider the 7 reasons why you need an AED?

 

Did you know why you might need an AED?

  • Four people under 35 suffer a sudden cardiac arrest in Australia every week.
  • Around 20,000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest outside a hospital every year. 
  • The first 3-5 minutes after sudden cardiac arrest hold the key to survival.
  • The survival rate if you have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital is approximately 10%
  • An AED applied early can change the survival rate dramatically.

 

While you don’t need any training to use an AED but training will help reduce the time to first shock, helps you know how to put the pads on and feel like you know what you are doing. First Aid training and CPR courses will help people feel more confident in using an AED and providing CPR but this AED is designed to be simple to use and can be used by people without formal training. So our advice is don’t be scared if you need to use one on somebody.

Look at the video below to see how easy they are to use, turn them on and follow the prompts.

Why did Fresh@Heart buy an AED ?

 

Because The Key To Survival in Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the “Time to First Shock.”

Simply put, an AED in your workplace gives everybody a better chance of survival in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.

We recommended the Lifepak CR2 AED to this organisation because we believe it is so simple to use in an emergency, it has adult and paediatric capability and I believe it represents the best value defibrillator for their needs.

Craig Nolan

CEO and Paramedic, International Paramedic College

Watch these vidoes to understand how simple it is to use the full automatic Lifepak CR 2 on Adults or Children in an Emergency.

Want more training in how to use an AED or find out more for your organisation?

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The Important History of the Defibrillator – AED

In a letter to Robert Hooke in 1675, Isaac Newton made his most famous statement:

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants”.

This statement symbolises how scientific achievement builds on and owes much to the pioneering work of others.

Isssac Newton

Natural Philosopher, President of the Royal Society

The early days of understanding defibrillation

The year was 1775 and a Dutch veterinarian named Peter Abildgaard used electricity to stop and then revive the heart of a chicken, this was proof that electricity could be used to manipulate the heart. This was the beginning of the journey towards our modern AED’s.

Let’s move forward now to the year 1899 when two physiologists by the names of Jean –Louis Prevost and Frederic Batelli from the University of Geneva conducted a series of successful experiments on dogs. Their research was the first in the recognition of ventricular fibrillation as a cause of cardiac arrest.

In the 1940s the Soviets were expanding the knowledge and understanding of what we know as today as the Biphasic waveforms which is instrumental in the delivery of the shock via two separate vectors reducing the defibrillation threshold and improving the patient’s outcome.

 

The post-world war 2 era

Interestingly the first successful reversion of ventricular fibrillation case conducted on a human was in 1947 in which a 14-year-old boy with a congenital heart disease was reverted by an American cardiac surgeon by the name of Claude Beck.

Dr Beck connected two electrodes to the young boys open heart and gave 4 shocks at 110 volts; the outcome was a complete success with the teenager’s heart being restored to a completely normal rhythm and he made a full recovery.

 

The introduction of the first portable defibrillator.

By the time of 1957 came around the very first portable defibrillator was introduced to the world, the only down side of this was the so called machine being called portable was actually not very portable at all, as it weighed a massive 120 kilograms. By 1961 some weight had been shed and the defibrillator was reduced to 45kgs and was transported via a suitcase. By 1968 the first truly portable defibrillator was established thanks to NASA with some ingenuity the machine now weighed a mere 7 pounds (around 3kgs). Now we could think about the possibility of an AED as a consumer item for use by the general public.

“You appreciate the little things, like walks on the beach with a defibrillator”.

Robin Williams

Actor Comedian and all round nice guy

The introduction of our modern AED

It was 1978 when the first fully automatic AED arose and by 1980 with computer enhancement the sensitivity of the AED was further increased to help in sustaining lives.

Come the early 2000s and the Work place and Healthy standards highlighted the importance of AED’s as essential equipment in the workplace.

And in today’s modern world the AED guides us through step by step, via voice prompts on how to successfully help save a life through the delivery of an electrical impulse.

Although there are various brands and models of AED’s on the market, the end result is all the same, for the analysis of a shockable rhythm!

The importance of the AED in the Chain of Survival

Sudden cardiac arrest leads the charge when it comes to deaths in Australia, with a survey showing from 2013 there were approximately 33000 episodes of sudden cardiac arrest as compared to 1193 road fatalities.

Statistics show in Australia we have around a 10% success rate of reviving someone from a sudden cardiac arrest and with each minute that the patient is in cardiac arrest there is a 10% reduction in the chance of survival.

The chain of survival is with early intervention via immediate CPR and the quick application of an AED, which is imperative for a greater outcome of reversion in the patient in cardiac arrest.

How can we improve in saving lives with CPR and an AED?

CPR training is about keeping a patient salvageable, an AED or defibrillator is about getting their heart started again and First Aid is about fixing up their injuries. Most people undertake training in these lifesaving skills as a workplace requirement to make sure they are prepared for accidents in the workplace but learning how to do efficient and effective chest compressions and how to effectively apply and utilise an AED will give the person the best chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)

If it has been a while since you did a CPR or First Aid Course then maybe it just might be time to refresh your skill set to maintain your proficiency.

This could make the difference between life and death.

You can download a free DRSABCD wall chart for your home or workplace from our website here.

Living With Venomous Snakes In Australia

We certainly live in a lucky country, beautiful beaches a diverse array of rainforests, the wide sweeping plains and our arid deserts.

In amongst this great land of ours we have some of the most venomous creatures on the planet, both land and sea.

The best policy is to “simply leave them alone and they’ll leave you alone.”

Experts in the field can use the scale count method to determine the type of snake . This involves performing a series of counting scales of the snake’s body for a positive identification

Allan Burnett

Reptile Awareness Expert and former Intensive Care Paramedic, International Paramedic College

How do I identify a venomous snake from non-venomous snake?

How do I tell the difference between one snake from another whether it’s venomous or non- venomous, good question? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer when it comes to a simple identification method of snakes, colour can be highly variable amongst certain species and is a very unreliable.

Unless you’re an expert in this field by using the scale count method. The best policy is to “simply leave them alone and they’ll leave you alone.”

What should I do if I see a snake?

Alright you have just walked down a path or perhaps some unwelcome visitor has decided to enter your premises and you find yourself just that little to close for comfort to an old “Joe Blake” (snake).

The golden rule when your in such a predicament is to remain stationary, which is really easier said than done, your eye balling that snake and your thinking I’m not standing here to take a bite.

Some general facts about snakes!

Well let me assure you that snakes are quite shy and timid creatures when not antagonised or suddenly startled and their span of concentration is very short lived. (Somewhere in the vicinity of around 60 seconds) So by remaining still you’ll have a stand off situation that you are guaranteed to win if you play your cards right.(Stay still long enough and the snake will generally move away from you, they don’t usually bite things that do not move)

What I mean by this is no sudden movements you can yell out all you want as snakes have no external ears but rather feel vibrations through an electrical impulse system (hence standing still). Now if you are several metres away from your subject outside there strike range (general rule of thumb two thirds of the total body length of the snake ie: six foot snake allow four feet for an effect strike range). You are in a very good position to be out of harm’s way.

Keep a close eye trained on your subject and move slowly away, now I have heard a lot of stories about that elusive snake that has chased Mr. Blogs up the paddock and then right up to their front door. But I’ve never heard the story where the snake has actually caught anyone?

I can only say that snakes are instinctive creatures who live for several reasons, and that is for food, warmth, shelter and reproduction which none of these fit into a human/snake relationship, in other words that so called cranky snake has no desire to eat, sleep or take refuge with you or me.

What measures can I put in place to deter snakes from my property?

So what can we do to lessen the chance of inviting a snake around to our home?

Have a general clean up around your backyard don’t provide a safe haven.(Nice tidy lawn & no piles of rubbish)

If you have pets that require seed make sure your not also feeding unwanted vermin these are a big incentive for attracting snakes. (Keep feed in a secure container)

Compost heaps is another good source to invite a variety of different animals that feed of each other.(Perhaps use an enclosed compost bin)

By keeping your lawn low this makes it difficult for snakes to hide from their predators.(Windy days provide great cover for snakes as long grass is moving giving the reptile more opportunity to hide.

What do I do if I’m bitten by a snake?

With any snake bite remain as still as possible, why; well venom doesn’t initially enter the blood stream unless you have been bitten directly into a vein or artery.

Venom travels through our lymphatic system which works basically on muscular movement, so the more you move the faster the venom moves and this is importance behind staying completely still.

How do I correctly apply the first aid treatment?

Now apart from calling triple 000 and here the emergency plus phone app might be really useful. It has been recently updated to include the 3 word location system.

We need to compress and immobilise the affected limb, most bites do occur on the limbs 70% on the legs and 25% on the hands and arms, 5% are on the body

Once the person is completely still apply a large elastic bandage (10-15cms in width) starting at the finger tips or toes of the affected limb and wrap firmly all the way up to the top of the affected arm or leg, once the limb is compressed it’s now time immobilize the limb, that can be with a stick, rolled up newspaper or anything solid you can find.

Place the object over the top of the affected limb and secure it so it cannot be bent/ moved.

Another good idea is to mark the outside of the bandage so as to give the hospital staff an indication as to where the bite site is.

The do’s and don’ts with snake bite first aid.

Do keep the patient as still as possible.

Do use the Pressure Immobilisation Bandage (PIB) for compression/immobilisation treatment ASAP.

Do have the emergency services called immediately so they can get on their way to you.

Do carry a first aid kit that can treat bites and stings

Do keep your first aid skills up to date

Do download our free bites and stings chart here

Don’t wash the bite site.

Don’t cut, suck the bite site or use a tourniquet.

Don’t try to catch or kill the snake for identification purposes.

Don’t allow the patient to walk.

Don’t attempt to transport the person to hospital in your own vehicle (unless there are no other options)

What if I’m bitten on the body where I can’t bandage?

 

Around 5% of snake bites do occur in areas were a bandage cannot be applied and the simple treatment is to stay completely still and apply firm pressure over the bite site with firm pressure by a hand, ensure you have a non-porous dressing over your hand in case of any venom residue on the bite site.

In summary we do live in a lucky country with 40% of the world’s population of venomous snakes, but the good news is we are world leaders when it comes to envenomation.

Compression / immobilisation was an Australian concept, and we have developed the antivenin treatment over the years to combat envenomation for each species of venomous snakes found here in the land down under.

We are also the only country to develop and use a snake bite identification kit in the emergency department of hospitals.

Annually we have between 3 to 4 thousand snake bites with an average of 2 to 3 deaths.

Despite the majority of venomous snakes that we do live with our understanding of these creatures and medically breakthroughs that have come into fruition has guided us to live alongside these highly venomous creatures.

I believe with some knowledge and a bit of common sense we can all live together in this amazing land of ours. Remember the adage that “the power of knowledge is the power that drives out fear”.

So maybe you should be updating those first aid skills and be prepared with a bites an stings package

Pain Management Training Course

Pain Management Training Courses

Pain management training courses like PUAEME005 Provide pain management offer students a chance to learn about pain assessment and how to manage it with some simple analgesic drugs that are simple to use by medics and first aid responders.

Penthrox, Methoxyflurane or as it is often referred to as the “green whistle” is an analgesic or pain-relieving device used by medical practitioners, the defence forces, ambulance paramedics, sports clubs and surf lifesavers, first responders and medics and EMT’s to administer emergency pain relief in a pre-hospital situation. It is popular in remote first aid locations like mine sites and the remote mining area because it is simple, non-addictive and easy to administer pain management option, making it an excellent choice for situations where a fast-acting and uncomplicated method of pain relief is required.

Between 70% and 80% of patients presenting to Australian emergency departments report pain as their predominant complaint. Repeated studies have found that how patients express their pain and how clinicians respond to their complaints of pain are extremely variable and the overall experience is poorly perceived by both parties. To provide effective pain relief clinicians need a deep understanding of the pathology of pain and how it can be accurately assessed, as well as an understanding of the effectiveness of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods of pain relief.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 2011

Common Causes of pain in workplace situations

Abdominal pain

Back pain (acute)

Burns

Cardiac pain

Fractures

Migraine/tension headache

Pre-hospital provision of pain relief has been recognised as a key area of contemporary ambulance practice. With this in mind, clinicians should be able to accurately recognise, assess and treat patients’ pain according to individual needs. Currently QAS uses numerical scales or standardised visual tools to gauge severity of patient symptoms. Clinicians should be able to assess a patient using these tools in accordance with physiological symptoms and vital signs.

Adequate analgesia does not necessarily mandate that a patient be pain free. This goal in certain instances in unattainable in the pre-hospital environment and high-dose analgesia may produce undesirable side effects. The clinician is expected to perform frequent pain assessments during the patients’ time in care especially after the administration of analgesic medications.

PQRST Pain Assessment Method

Since pain is subjective, self-reporting through patient assessment is considered the Gold Standard and most accurate measure of pain. This  PQRST method of assessing pain is one common pre-hospital tool to assess pain prior to and subsequent to any treatment. The following is a standard type of patient assessment of pain used in pre-hospital care.

P = Provocation/Palliation

What were you doing when the pain started?

What caused it? What makes it better or worse?

Does anything make it better or worse?

Q = Quality/Quantity

What does it feel like? (Use words to describe the pain such as sharp, dull, stabbing, burning, crushing, throbbing, etc

R = Region/Radiation

Where is the pain located and does it radiate anywhere?

Does it feel like it travels/moves around?

Where did it start?

S = Severity Scale

How severe is the pain on a scale of 0 to 10, with zero being no pain and 10 being the worst pain ever?

Does it interfere with activities?

How bad is it at its worst?

Does it force you to sit down, lie down, slow down?

Did it wake you from sleep?

T = Timing

When/at what time did the pain start?

How long did it last?

Is it sudden or gradual?

What were you doing when you first experienced it?

Is it accompanied by other signs and symptoms?

Does it ever occur before, during or after meals?

 

While non-pharmacological means of pain management may not be available or feasible in a non -hospital environment. Measures such as

Cooling of burns

Splinting of fractures

Heat Therapy in stone fish stings

and of course reassurance may be effective in specific cases. An inhalation anaesthetic (methoxyflurane) may be very useful.

Ongoing or Chronic pain will require a different clinical approach to the acute pain most commonly dealt with by medics.

 

The Role of Defibrillators in Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The Role of Defibrillators in Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

People who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest often require defibrillation which is used to get the heart beating normally again.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the unexpected and abrupt loss of cardiac function, breathing, and consciousness.

There are many different causes of sudden cardiac arrest. However, the underlying mechanism is the same.

It happens when an electrical disturbance in your heart interrupts or distorts the normal pumping action, resulting in a cessation of blood flow to the body.

If you are having a cardiac arrest, it means that your heart is beating out of the normal rythm. Sometimes it ceases to beat and just quivers.

In this state, death can occur if treatment is not commenced immediately.

Sudden cardiac arrest without intervention is reported to kill 9 out of 10 patients affected.

With effective administration of defibrillation, survival rates increase up to 300%.

“So I take a deep breath.
Step forward.
Let go.

10 seconds and I’m trying to breathe
9
And I’m trying to be brave
8
But the truth is I’m scared out of my mind
7
And I have no idea what’s waiting for me behind that door
6
And I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a heart attack
5
But I can’t turn back now
4
Because there it is
3
The door is right in front of me
2
All I have to do is knock
1
But the door flies open first.”

Tahereh Mafi Unravel Me

How does defibrillation work?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is needed after a sudden cardiac arrest and is more effectively achieved using a defibrillator rather than just chest compressions which may not achieve the desired results if not properly done.

Defibrillators are devices that work by delivering an electric shock to the heart which stops the disordered heartbeat momentarily, allowing it to resume with the normal rhythm.

They send a desired therapeutic dose of electric current to the heart through the chest wall, stimulating the heart muscles simultaneously and provoking the return of sinus rhythm (the normal heart rhythm).

There are different kinds of defibrillators. The automated external defibrillators (AED) is just one of them.

Unlike the manual variety, they are less complex and easier to understand and use by non health professionals.

They are programmed to recognise abnormal heart rhythms and only send shocks when they are needed, so if you are looking to buy a defibrillator, you do not have to worry about shocking a person who may not require it.

How much of a shock is required?

According to the American heart association, energy requirements for defibrillation can range from 50 to 360 joules.

Two major factors determine the level of energy needed:

  • The cause of sudden cardiac arrest

Lower energy is required for causes such as atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter while higher energy is required for causes like ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.

  • The type of device, whether monophasic or biphasic.

Monophasic defibrillators deliver electric charges in one direction only, while biphasic ones deliver the first half of the shock in one direction, and the second half in the opposite direction. The latter deliver more stable magnitudes of current, and are generally more effective at lower energies than the former.

These are useful guides when you want to buy a defibrillator.

Why 360 joules defibrillators are better?

Even though many patients will require a single shock dose for recovery, a good number are difficult to defibrillate and therefore will need multiple shocks before they recover.

For these patients who require multiple shocks, research has shown that when lower energy shocks are not effective, the only way to increase the effectiveness of treatment is to increase the energy.

When it comes to defibrillation, energy is more important than current, and not all patients respond to energy levels up to 200 joules.

The highest available energy deliverable and approved by the American heart association is 360 joules.

The Australian Resuscitation Council recommends that escalating energy to 360 joules be used in cases where the first shock is not successful and the device is capable of delivering electric shocks of higher energy.

So far, there is no established downside to using 360 joules of energy for patients who qualify for it and very good reasons to do so.

Only 2 AED’s on the Australian Market support up to 360 Joules

 

How effective and beneficial are Automated External Defibrillators?

When a cardiac arrest occurs, every minute counts.

The chances of survival reduces by 10% for every minute that the patient has an abnormal heart rhythm.

No matter how fast and efficient an emergency medical response is, it can never be as fast as a bystander who has access to a defibrillator.

This is why many public places such as gyms, schools, shopping malls, airports, etc are stocking up on AEDs.

This is also why it is prudent to buy a defibrillator as it helps to save costs in the long run.

According to the American heart association, survival from sudden cardiac arrest was doubled when bystanders intervened using publicly provided AEDs instead of waiting for emergency response.

In Australia, the Australian Hearts Campaign is pushing an agenda for the state and federal governments to make AEDs and training on how to use them correctly compulsory in every workplace just like it is for first aid kits and fire extinguishers.

According to their statistics:

  • About 30,000 Australians suffer a sudden cardiac arrest out-of-hospital yearly and a majority of them will not survive it.
  • Each minute that goes by without cardio pulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation reduces the survival chances of the individual by about 10%.
  • It takes an ambulance about 8 to 12 minutes on the average to get to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest, resulting in a survival rate of only 1 in 4 victims (for witnessed shockable rhythms).
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation administered within 3 minutes of an episode of sudden cardiac arrest results in the survival of up to 3 out of every 4 victims.

 

References:

This article is based on information from references provided:

References

  1. https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/80564-overview#a6
  2. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.106.648204
  3. https://www.strykeremergencycare.com/learn-and-train/clinical-technology-insights/defibrillation/
  4. https://aedauthority.com.au/category/defibrillators/
  5. http://heartsafeusa.com/physio-control/files/360J-Brochure.pdf
  6. https://www.australianhearts.com/2020
  7. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180226085812.htm

Emergency First Aid for Heatstroke and Hyperthermia in Australia

Recent coroners findings in a case in Western Australia have lead to the recommendation that all registered training organizations like International Paramedic College who provide the nationally accredited course Provide First Aid HLTAID003 consider and, if appropriate, incorporate the principles in Professor Rogers’ guide into the knowledge content of the training they deliver with respect to providing first aid for hyperthermia.

Just to give you some background

On the 6 February 2019 the Inquest into the Death of Torran Jake THOMAS by Coroner King found a 15 year old young man was playing Rugby League on a warm summers evening at the time of his death. He was overcome with heat stroke at the scene and was provided with first aid prior to transport by ambulance to hospital where he died from multi-organ failure.

Among other things the quality of the first aid administered and the general training in hyperthermia came under review.

Amongst his findings and recommendations the Coroner found that “had the persons who initially provided first aid to the deceased been trained to readily recognise and appropriately treat heat stroke in line with recent developments in this area, the deceased may have survived” and that “agencies who train first aiders to deal with heat-related illness consider changing the content of the training accordingly”(Coroner’s Court of Western Australia).

Heat stoke has an extremely high mortality rate. This can be reduced dramatically by early recognition and aggresive treatment. Some 3332 deaths have been attrbuted to heat stroke in the USA in a four year period from 2006.

Craig Nolan

Intensive Care Paramedic, International Paramedic College

Heat stroke advice for sports trainers and coaches
(From guidance provided by Professor Ian Rogers to the Coroner of Western Australia)

The guidance given by Professor Ian Rodgers to the coroner was recommended for inclusion in the training Registered Training Organisations give in First Aid. As an RTO, we have reproduced this guidance for the information of our students.

Background

Heat stroke is an uncommon but life-threatening complication of grossly elevated body temperature with exercise in heat stressed settings. Whilst heat stroke risk can be minimised by the use of predictive tools (e.g. Sports Medicine Australia’s UV Illness and Heat Guide), the risk cannot be fully eliminated.

Risk is highest with: high temperatures and/or high humidity and/or vigorous activity.

Symptoms and signs

In a heat stressed setting always suspect heat stroke if an athlete becomes acutely unwell or collapses, especially if they don’t recover promptly on lying flat with the legs elevated. Whilst there are many possible causes of such an acute illness or collapse, heat stroke is one of the most important.

The first signs of heat stroke show in the function of the brain and the nervous system.

Look for any of the following: confusion, incoherent speech, abnormal walking, coma or seizures.

The athlete’s skin may feel dry and hot, or sweaty—so the feel of the skin is not a useful sign. Similarly, on-field temperature measurement is unreliable, so don’t use this to rule in or rule out heat stroke.

First aid

If an ill athlete in a heat-stressed setting hasn’t rapidly responded to lying flat in the shade, there is no downside to assuming heat stroke is the problem and starting first aid.

Early recognition and rapid first aid cooling are the keys to recovery from heat stroke.

Actions to take in this order are:

  • STRIP the athlete of as much clothing as possible
  • SOAK with any available water
  • FAN vigorously by whatever means possible—improvise e.g. use a clipboard, bin lid.

When available, cool or ice water immersion is the most effective cooling means possible:

  • IMMERSE the athlete up to the neck in a cool or ice bath OR
  • COVER all of the body with ice water soaked towels that are changed frequently as an alternative if a bath isn’t available but ice is
  • CALL 000 to summon emergency services, but do so once you are certain first aid cooling is being implemented.

Remember it is early recognition and appropriate first aid that is critical to save a life with a casualty suffering heat stroke.

With summer quickly drawing closer, International Paramedic College believes it is timely for us all to review our treatment of heat related illness. Please contact us if we can answer any questions you may have.

The best first aid training should include these recommendations and we should take a moment to reflect and consider that what we are learning in a first aid course can make a valuable diifference, You can have compliance and competence in people trained in first aid. Quality training is contextualized to your workplace with lots of practical scenarios to build skill and confidence in handling a range of first aid scenarios, including heat related illness. Here at International Paramedic College, we take great pride in delivery of quality first aid training which is relevant to the workplace, sporting fields and home. Our reviews speak volumes on our content and unique perspective!

 

References:

This article is based on infromation from referances provided:

  1. Coroner’s Court of Western Australia. Inquest into the Death of Torran Jake THOMAS Delivered on  6 February 2019 retrived from https://www.coronerscourt.wa.gov.au/I/inquest_into_the_death_of_torran_jake_thomas.aspx 09/10/2019
  2. Australia Government Skills Authority:Two important notices for all RTOs delivering first aid related units of competency 18th April 2019 retrieved from https://www.asqa.gov.au/news-publications/news/two-important-notices-all-rtos-delivering-first-aid-related-units-competency 09/10/2019
  3. Journal of Intensive Care: Hifumi, T., Kondo, Y., Shimizu, K., & Miyake, Y. (2018). Heat stroke. Journal of intensive care, 6, 30. doi:10.1186/s40560-018-0298-4.

 

Korinderie Ridge Community AED

Our heart safe community at Korinderie Ridge, Evans Head

International Paramedic College recently delivered a new Lifepak CR2 Defib unit or AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to Korinderie Ridge Community in Evans Head

Korinderie Ridge Community Co-Operative Evans Head

Korinderie Ridge Community has put a new state of the art AED or “Defib Machine” at its tranquil location overlooking Evans Head to look after its community members. Recently, Doug and Meg from the community attended one of our free “What to do until the ambulance arrives” courses at Evans Head and Casino. They decided that an AED was a great idea as they live somewhat remotely with some difficult access and egress issues. They ordered the Lifepak AED gold value package with training and support locally from International Paramedic College. We provided a free upgrade of the model to the CR2 with wireless capability which would normally cost $600 more, free of charge.

AED Awareness training

AED awareness and emergency first aid training was delivered after our community lunch and we went on to explore what they can do until the ambulance arrives in an emegency. The group was particularly interested in Bleeding control with the military CAT tourniquets and the emergency bandage or “Israeli bandage” as it is sometimes called.

People in communities such as this face issues with snake bites, ticks and servere bleeding so we took the time to show them how to use our first aid essentials packages, tick tox and a few tricks of the trade to stop the bleed.

Having timely access to an AED is a smart move as is being cardiac safe because the Australian Resuscitation Council says “for every minute defibrillation is delayed there is a 10% reduction in survival.” It is one of the 7 reasons why you need an AED?

Did you know?

  • Four people under 35 suffer a sudden cardiac arrest in Australia every week.
  • Around 20,000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest outside a hospital every year. 
  • The first 3-5 minutes after sudden cardiac arrest hold the key to survival.
  • The survival rate if you have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital is approximately 10%
  • An AED applied early can change the survival rate dramatically.

So it is all about reducing the time to first shock. First Aid training and CPR courses will help people feel more confident in using an AED and providing effective CPR but this AED is designed to be simple to use and can be used by people without formal training. It is a great public access defibrillator.

Now they are part of our “Pay it Forward” AED Program

This AED is part of International Paramedic Colleges unique “Pay it Forward Program” so if the community ever need to use it in a genuiene Cardiac Arrest we will donate another AED to the Community in accordance with their wishes.

The Key To Survival in Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the “Time to First Shock.”

“Allocating resources in a co-operative way can be difficult. Differing demands on limited resources can push the decision to purchase an AED further back. It is easy to kick the can down the road until something tragic happens but this community have made a great choice and put their sense of community values upfront. I am so impressed with them. The purchase of a defib gives everybody in the community a better chance of survival in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. We recommended the lifepak essentials AED to them because we believe it is so simple for anybody to use in an emergency and it has adult and paediatric capablitity built in to it”.

Craig Nolan

CEO and Paramedic, International Paramedic College

Watch these vidoes to understand how simple it is to use the full automatic Lifepak CR 2 on Adults or Children in an Emergency.

Want more training in how to use an AED or find out more for your organisation?

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The “time to first shock” is a critical indicator of survival from sudden cardiac arrest, so a highly visible, easily accessible location with clear signage can reduce the time to first shock and save lives in the event of an emergency.

Where should we place our AED?

To find the best place for your AED ask yourself a few simple questions:

AED cabinetsWhat is the highest risk area?

What is the highest visible traffic area closest to the high risk area?

Will the AED be accessible at all times?

Will it need to be indoors or outside?

An AED cabinet and signage make your AED highly visible and placement of your AED should be centralised and close to or located in areas that hold the highest risk of someone going into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). You may need more than one AED to ensure they are close at hand and minimise response time.

An AED should be available at all times and never be locked in a drawer or hidden from view as  “out of sight is out of mind”. Free Defib SignEvery study shows that signage that directs people to the location of an AED is something that should be planned and consistent from floor to floor.

Consider that if your a large business or location that signage should be placed on every floor to direct people easily to the AED’s location. The signs should be located preferably by an elevator and/or staircase indicating which floor and/or room the AED is on. Other signs are available for locations with only one floor such as signs with directional arrows, 3 dimensional wall signs, as well as location specific signs. You could also consider the hire or lease of an AED as a solution for your business.

To help with clear signage so someone can find it quickly you can download this free wall chart from the Australian Resuscitation Council

Download your free AED wall sign here

Also, if a sudden cardiac arrest occurs the person will become unconscious and will stop breathing or stop breathing normally. While CPR keeps blood moving around the body, especially to the brain, it cannot reverse the electrical problem. This electrical problem needs to be treated with a defibrillator or AED to stop the chaotic electrical activity in the hope that a normal electrical mechanical response will be restored.

Call the Ambulance on 000 in Australia for sudden cardiac arrest. Start CPR and ensure you have a Defibrillator

Download your free wall chart here of the DRSABCD Emergency action plan

And while training isn’t essential to use an AED, CPR training will reduce the time to first shock and increase accuracy of pad placement which helps improve survival rates. Training shows how easy the “defib” is to use, reducing any fear, anxiety or reluctance people may have should they need to use a public access defibrillator or workplace AED.

Highly visible, high traffic and high risk areas are the best placement areas for AED’s in the workplace or as public access defibrillators.

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Is Your Workplace First Aid Ready?

Many of us have heard of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011 know that we have a duty of care in the workplace, but few people are aware of the Model Code of Practice: First Aid in the Workplace. This document ties in with the WHS Act 2011 and outlines first aid requirements for workplaces. This covers training, ratio of first aid officers to staff, and how comprehensive your first aid resources may need to be.

If we just do what is right, right things will follow. If you think you can’t afford compliance, try paying the bill for non-compliance

Craig Nolan

Intensive Care Paramedic, International Paramedic College

 

Is your Business first aid compliant? –  More Than 87% of businesses are non-compliant!

Feeling lost and unsure where to start?  Firstly, complete a risk assessment. Sounds daunting but it isn’t actually bigger than Ben Hur. Basically, you need to consider:

  1. What could happen? What does happen? These things will vary from workplace to workplace, the average office isn’t known for having as many hazards as say a battlefield but both workplaces have their own hazards.
  2. Who might be harmed and how? How seriously might they be harmed and how likely is it to happen? Don’t be a victim of those famous last words ‘it’ll never happen…..’ Be prepared.
  3. Policy alone won’t prevent every contingency from occurring – you will also need the appropriate first aid equipment, facilities and training. The Code of Practice document provides some guidance as to what your first aid kit might need but for more advice, have a chat with our friendly trainers at one of our courses, visit our online store or contact us to discuss your needs.

Practical training tailored to your workplace

The best first aid kit in the world is of limited use without people trained in first aid. The code outlines a requirement that training should be specific to the workplace. Quality training is contextualized to your workplace with lots of practical scenarios to build skill and confidence in handling a first aid situation. Here at International Paramedic College, we take great pride in delivery of quality first aid training which is relevant to the workplace, sporting fields and home. Our reviews speak for themselves!

Where to now?

Here’s some handy links to help get your business first aid compliant

First Aid Courses – follow the link to see upcoming public first aid courses or contact us on 1300 244 994 to discuss onsite training options for your workplace

First aid supplies including defibrillators

For help with doing a risk assessment  

Ballina Netball Club buys an AED Defib

Just bought a new AED for our club

International Paramedic College recently delivered a new Lifepak CR2 Defib unit or AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to Renee Walkom – Represenative Coordinator and Lee Harley – President of the Ballina Netball Club

Ballina Netball Club

The Ballina Netball Association has put a great AED or “Defib Machine” at its Owen Street Ballina Netball courts
to look after its many players, coaches, managers and the extended family of volunteers and spectators. The Ballina netball club has installed the Lifepak AED gold value package with training and support locally from International Paramedic College.

 

Why Buy an AED?

 

Its a smart move being cardiac safe because the Australian Resuscitation Council says “for every minute defibrillation is delayed there is a 10% reduction in survival.” In Australia you should consider the 7 reasons why you need an AED?

What is a defibrillator?

A defibrillator (sometimes called a ‘defib’, or AED an automated external defibrillator) can save someone’s life if they have a sudden cardiac arrest

Did you know?

  • Four people under 35 suffer a sudden cardiac arrest in Australia every week.
  • Around 20,000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest outside a hospital every year. 
  • The first 3-5 minutes after sudden cardiac arrest hold the key to survival.
  • The survival rate if you have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital is approximately 10%
  • An AED applied early can change the survival rate dramatically.

So it is all about reducing the time to first shock. First Aid training and CPR courses will help people feel more confident in using an AED and providing CPR but this AED is designed to be simple to use and can be used by people without formal training. It is a great public access defibrillator.

Pay it Forward AED Program

This AED is part of International Paramedic Colleges unique “Pay it Forward Program” so if the Ballina Netball Club ever need to use it in a genuiene Cardiac Arrest we will donate another AED to the Community in accordance with their wishes.

Why do this?

The Key To Survival in Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the “Time to First Shock.”

“The Ballina Netball Club have done their members a great silent service. The purchase of a defib gives everybody a better chance of survival in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. We recommended the lifepak essentials AED to them because we believe it is so simple for anybody to use in an emergency and it has adult and paediatric capablitity built in to it”.

Craig Nolan

CEO and Paramedic, International Paramedic College

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Rent Hire or Lease an AED DEFIB for your next event

A low cost alternative to buying an AED or Defibrilator for sports groups, festivals, church groups or while your AED is being serviced

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AED sales and hire from professional Paramedics

Hire an AED to treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) at your event or gathering, the perfect business solution.

“Our AED hire units are great for any event, party or family gathering.”

Craig Nolan

Paramedic, International Paramedic College

Our AED Offer

 

Get a Defib package to suit you!

Monthly Lease

Rent the latest Hi-tech AED devices. IP55 Rated. Can include a secure public access cabinet. Attractive monthly rate.

Weekly Hire

Need an AED and accessories to forfill a short term contract. Hire an AED on a per week basis. Can include a cabinet.

Weekend Hire

For your event, park run or to support your current first aid arrangements. Can include a cabinet.

Need AED training

Customised Instruction with Every AED Hire

As a registered training organisation We can provide full training and support in the use of an AED and CPR

 

Acceptance of our rental terms and conditions apply with the hire of these units, including –

  • Minimum two days hire. Contact us to discuss long term options & leasing arrangements;
  • User pays for any consumables used or damage to the AED.
  • The Australian Resuscitation Council says that the use of an AED or Defibrillator as it is also called, should not be restricted to trained personnell. The use of AED’s by individuals without prior formal training can be life-saving because every minute defibrillation is delayed there is a 10% reduction in survival. We recommend that people should be trained in the use of an AED so that the pads are placed correctly and the time to first shock is reduced.

Why rent an AED?

No Maintenence

We take care of the maintenance, battery and pads replacement and ensure your AED is “ready to go”.

Signage and Cabinets

AED signs and public access defib rental cabinets are available

Stress Relief

Reduce the worry about things going wrong.

User Guides and Training

We can provide user guides and training in the use of an AED.

Child AEDs

An AED can be provided that can be used to treat children.

Time Critical Support

The absence of early defibrillation combined with CPR means that the chances of survival decrease 10% every minute that passes.

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AED Recall

Information on Phillips AED Recall

We have had a lot of inquires from local businesses and retailers about an AED recall due to a recent local incident.

We are providing some information here so you can assess whether your AED is affected and what to do about it. We do not sell Phillips AED’s but we have had a number of calls.

The recall on the Phillips AED device

Phillips had issues affecting 3 models of AED it sold worldwide which may affect 660,000 units. A quick google search reveals a number of news articles on the worldwide recall. The Journal article states:

“…. that HeartStart FRx, HeartStart HS1 (Home) and HeartStart HS1 (OnSite) devices manufactured between 2002 and 2013 are affected.

The warning was issued by Philips after it identified a failure in how certain defibrillators alerted users about their routine self-tests via an audible chirp.

The company revealed that it became aware of 13 incidents where the chirp failed during treatment, and delivered at least one shock to the patient being treated before failing.

Among the cases where the patient outcome was known, 5 patients died and 2 patients were successfully resuscitated and survived”.

You can read the complete article  from October 2018 here

Specific advice from the company is available here

https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/resources/landing/aed-recall

If you would like any advice about a replacement product and the AED that we recommend give us a call. Our mission is to get AED’s or defibs close to where they are needed.

We have a great AED package deal for our corporate customers. We are running out a few programs where shops, body corporates or even neighbours and houses in your street can band together and purchase an AED which includes free training from us. For example, if 12 people put in $200 we can supply an AED, a cabinet to house it visibly and training in its use.

HERE ARE SOME REASONS YOU NEED AN AED CLOSE AT HAND

“The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County Seattle has risen from 27% in 2002 and hit an all-time high of 62 percent in 2013” If we could do as well as them look how many more people we could save everyday.

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% Australian survival rate

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% of casualties die before reaching hospital

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% survival rate target (Seattle USA)

Australians could survive each day with a Seattle system

“Overseas Survival rates are higher because the “time to first shock” is less”

OUR AED PURCHASE PROGRAMS FOCUS ON A HAVING AN AED NEAR WHEN IT IS NEEDED REDUCING THE TIME TO FIRST SHOCK AND INCREASING SURVIVAL RATES

“Key Features” of our AED programs

Ease of use for the general public

The IP55 rated LIFEPAK essential AED is easy to use and requires no complicated processes, it is just so simple to use. Just turn it on, connect the pads and follow the prompts. It has adult and child settings with no need to change or buy extra pads.

Easy Access Highly Visable

Where should we put an AED? Consider

  • response time
  • highly visible labelled cabinet
  • rate of incidence
  • volume of employees/customers/visitors
  • the nature of the risk where you are
  • easy access at all times

Well Trained People

According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, individuals working long hours are 67% more likely to suffer from a heart attack during their lifetime. When you purchase an AED from IPC we will provide you with a free awareness training package to fit your needs.

Customised AED training with every AED you buy from IPC

As a registered training organisation We can provide CPR training classes full training and support and supplies for your AED.

“Adopt A Defib” make an anonymous donation of an AED

Contact us to discuss a way you can donate to the organisation of your choice “adopt a defib”

“Buy a Defib from the “most trusted profession” not a sales team

We will sell you an AED with training and ongoing monitoring and support. One best for your needs and from us the people who use them everyday.

What to look for when you buy an AED?

Low Total Cost of Ownership

Is it robust enough to handle our workplace environment and what are the replacement costs of battery and pads to ensure your AED is “ready to go”.

Signage and Cabinets

AED signs and public access cabinets.make your AED highly visible and accessible in an emergency.

AED Alert Program

  • Tracks daily status of AED
  • View and organise test reports
  • Check the location of each AED

Ease of Use and Training

Is the defib simple enough to be used by anybody following the instructions and voice prompts and with some basic training.

Child AEDs

Do we need extra pads or equipment to treat children. Some AED’s can use the same pads on Adults and Children saving you stocking costs.

Time Critical Support

The absence of early defibrillation combined with CPR means that the chances of survival decrease 10% every minute that passes.

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AED Defib Home On Our Street Buying Program

On Your Street AED Program

If 12 houses in your street put in $200 each we can put in a great “Defib Machine” Value Package and  teach you how to use it for free.
The Australian Resuscitation Council says “for every minute defibrillation is delayed their is a 10% reduction in survival”

International Paramedic College

Why do this?

The Key To Survival in Sudden Cardiac Arrest Is the “Time to First Shock.”

The key to a community heart safe program and the success rate of CPR is based on early defibrillation. The time to first shock is the critical factor that determines your success in Sudden Cardiac Arrest. For every minute that defibrillation is delayed there is a 10% reduction in survival. So if it takes 10 minutes to go and get an AED and put it on someone then things are not looking great according to the “stats” from the Australian Resuscitation Council.

Ambulance response times are good but in country areas help is sometimes not as close at hand as we need. We need to help ourselves and you the general public can help save a life with the timely use of an AED. If its more than 10 minutes away you need one closer.

“Modern AED’s are simple to use and with training will improve pad placement and the time it takes to deliver a first shock. Modern public access AED’s are simple to use and can be used by anyone to help in a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Its not just older people, 4 people under 35 have a Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Australia every week. The city of Seattle in the USA has an effective public education and AED program. If we could emulate their success we could save around 34 Australians a day or 12,000 a year.” Its worth a try isn’t it.

Craig Nolan

CEO and Paramedic, International Paramedic College

News reports show a 21 year old Sunshine Coast woman was saved by the quick thinking of those around her and timely access to an AED after she almost died from a massive attack while using a rowing machine.

Emily Counter was working out at a Fitness center in Noosa when she had a seizure and went into cardiac arrest in October 2018

Watch the CCTV footage here

“The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County Seattle has risen from 27% in 2002 and hit an all-time high of 62% in 2013” If we could do as well as them look how many more people we could save everyday.

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% Australian survival rate

%

% of casualties die before reaching hospital

%

% survival rate target (Seattle USA)

Australians could survive each day with a Seattle system

“Overseas Survival rates are higher because the “time to first shock” is less”

OUR AED PURCHASE PROGRAMS FOCUS ON A HAVING AN AED NEAR WHEN IT IS NEEDED REDUCING THE TIME TO FIRST SHOCK AND INCREASING SURVIVAL RATES

“Key Features” of our AED programs

Ease of use for the general public

The IP55 rated LIFEPAK essential AED is easy to use and requires no complicated processes, it is just so simple to use. Just turn it on connect the pads and follow the prompts. It has adult and child settings with no need to change or buy extra pads.

Easy Access Highly Visable

Where should we put an AED? Consider

  • response time
  • highly visible labelled cabinet
  • rate of incidence
  • volume of employees/customers/visitors
  • the nature of the risk where you are
  • easy access at all times

Well Trained People

According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, individuals working long hours are 67% more likely to suffer from a heart attack during their lifetime. When you purchase an AED from IPC we will provide you with a free awareness training package to fit your needs.

Customised AED training with every AED you buy from IPC

As a registered training organisation, we can provide CPR training as well as full training, support and supplies for your AED.

“Adopt A Defib” make an anonymous donation of an AED

Contact us to discuss a way you can donate to the organisation of your choice “adopt a defib”

“Buy a Defib from the “most trusted profession” not a sales team

We will sell you an AED with training and ongoing monitoring and support. One best for your needs and from us the people who use them everyday.

What to look for when you buy an AED?

Low Total Cost of Ownership

Is it robust enough to handle our workplace environment and what are the replacement costs of battery and pads to ensure your AED is “ready to go”.

Signage and Cabinets

AED signs and public access cabinets.make your AED highly visible and accessible in an emergency.

AED Alert Program

  • Tracks daily status of AED
  • View and organise test reports
  • Check the location of each AED

Ease of Use and Training

Is the defib simple enough to be used by anybody following the instructions and voice prompts and with some basic training.

Child AEDs

Do we need extra pads or equipment to treat children. Some AED’s can use the same pads on Adults and Children saving you stocking costs.

Time Critical Support

The absence of early defibrillation combined with CPR means that the chances of survival decrease 10% every minute that passes.

 

Head Office:

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 669 Ballina NSW 2478 Australia

Office Address:
16 Mellis Circuit Alstonville NSW 2477 Australia

1300244994

Training College Hours

Office Hours
Mon - Fri
9am - 4.30 pm AEST

Training Partnership Enquiries:
1300244994

Shop Enquiries:
1300244994

For any enquires about our courses, products or services contact us

We have removed our contact form here because of the amount of spam. Click here or on our email address to email us with your enquiry.

 

BUY AN AED

Full range of AEDs at Warehouse prices. Buy your AED from the most trusted profession, not a sales team

AED GOLD VALUE PACKAGE

Value Package for Business, Charities, Sports groups or “adopt a defib” programs

FIRST AID KITS FOR HOME WORK AND ADVENTURE

Work cover workplace approved fist aid kits for all environments and risk profiles

Our Products

AED Defib Down On Main Street Buying Program

Down on Main Street Program

If 12 shops put in $200 each we can put a great “Defib Machine” Value Package and  teach you how to use it for free.
The Australian Resuscitation Council says “for every minute defibrillation is delayed their is a 10% reduction in survival”

International Paramedic College

Why do this?

The Key To Survival in Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the “Time to First Shock.”

The key to a community heart safe program and the success rate of CPR is based on early defibrillation. The time to first shock is the critical factor that determines your success in Sudden Cardiac Arrest. For every minute that defibrillation is delayed there is a 10% reduction in survival. So if it takes 10 minutes to go and get an AED and put it on someone then things are not looking great according to the “stats” from the Australian Resuscitation Council.

Ambulance response times are good but in country areas help is sometimes not as close at hand as we need. We need to help ourselves and you the general public can help save a life with the timely use of an AED. If its more than 10 minutes away you need one closer.

“Modern AED’s are simple to use and with training will improve pad placement and the time it takes to deliver a first shock. Modern public access AED’s are simple to use and can be used by anyone to help in a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Its not just older people, 4 people under 35 have a Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Australia every week. The city of Seattle in the USA has an effective public education and AED program. If we could emulate their success we could save around 34 Australians a day or 12,000 a year.” Its worth a try isn’t it.

Craig Nolan

CEO and Paramedic, International Paramedic College

News reports show a 21 year old Sunshine Coast woman was saved by the quick thinking of those around her and timely access to an AED after she almost died from a massive heart attack while using a rowing machine.

Emily Counter was working out at a Fitness center in Noosa when she had a seizure and went into cardiac arrest in October 2018

Watch the CCTV footage here

“The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County Seattle has risen from 27% in 2002 and hit an all-time high of 62% in 2013.” If we could do as well as them look how many more people we could save everyday.

%

% Australian survival rate

%

% of casualties die before reaching hospital

%

% survival rate target (Seattle USA)

Australians could survive each day with a Seattle system

“Overseas Survival rates are higher because the “time to first shock” is less”

OUR AED PURCHASE PROGRAMS FOCUS ON A HAVING AN AED NEAR WHEN IT IS NEEDED REDUCING THE TIME TO FIRST SHOCK AND INCREASING SURVIVAL RATES

“Key Features” of our AED programs

Ease of use for the general public

The IP55 rated LIFEPAK essential AED is easy to use and requires no complicated processes, it is just so simple to use. Just turn it on connect the pads and follow the prompts. It has adult and child settings with no need to change or buy extra pads.

Easy Access Highly Visable

Where should we put an AED? Consider

  • response time
  • highly visible labelled cabinet
  • rate of incidence
  • volume of employees/customers/visitors
  • the nature of the risk where you are
  • easy access at all times

Well Trained People

According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, individuals working long hours are 67% more likely to suffer from a heart attack during their lifetime. When you purchase an AED from IPC we will provide you with a free awareness training package to fit your needs.

Customised AED training with every AED you buy from IPC

As a registered training organisation we can provide CPR training, as well as full training, support and supplies for your AED.

“Adopt A Defib” make an anonymous donation of an AED

Contact us to discuss a way you can donate to the organisation of your choice “adopt a defib”

“Buy a Defib from the “most trusted profession” not a sales team

We will sell you an AED with training and ongoing monitoring and support. One best for your needs and from us the people who use them everyday.

What to look for when you buy an AED?

Low Total Cost of Ownership

Is it robust enough to handle our workplace environment and what are the replacement costs of battery and pads to ensure your AED is “ready to go”.

Signage and Cabinets

AED signs and public access cabinets.make your AED highly visible and accessible in an emergency.

AED Alert Program

  • Tracks daily status of AED
  • View and organise test reports
  • Check the location of each AED

Ease of Use and Training

Is the defib simple enough to be used by anybody following the instructions and voice prompts and with some basic training.

Child AEDs

Do we need extra pads or equipment to treat children. Some AED’s can use the same pads on Adults and Children saving you stocking costs.

Time Critical Support

The absence of early defibrillation combined with CPR means that the chances of survival decrease 10% every minute that passes.

 

Head Office:

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 669 Ballina NSW 2478 Australia

Office Address:
16 Mellis Circuit Alstonville NSW 2477 Australia

1300244994

Training College Hours

Office Hours
Mon - Fri
9am - 4.30 pm AEST

Training Partnership Enquiries:
1300244994

Shop Enquiries:
1300244994

For any enquires about our courses, products or services contact us

We have removed our contact form here because of the amount of spam. Click here or on our email address to email us with your enquiry.

 

BUY AN AED

Full range of AEDs at Warehouse prices. Buy your AED from the most trusted profession, not a sales team

AED GOLD VALUE PACKAGE

Value Package for Business, Charities, Sports groups or “adopt a defib” programs

FIRST AID KITS FOR HOME WORK AND ADVENTURE

Work cover workplace approved fist aid kits for all environments and risk profiles

Our Products

Our Unique Pay it Forward Defib Program

International Paramedic College donates a free defibrillator to an organisation of choice of the survivor when our AED is used in a genuine cardiac event.

When you buy an AED from International Paramedic College you are part of our “Pay it Forward” cardiac survivor program when you use of one of our AED’s in a Cardiac Arrest.

Giving not taking Tell us your story

International Paramedic College

The Key To Survival in Sudden Cardiac Arrest Is The “Time to First Shock.”

Community and the success rate of CPR and early Defibrillation is important to us so IPC donates a free defibrillator to the organisation of a survivors choice when our AED is used in a genuine cardiac event, plus free pads and battery replacement after a genuine cardiac arrest event where one of our lifesaving AED,s is used.

“The city of Seattle in the USA has an effective public education and AED program. If we could emulate their success we could save around 34 Australians a day or 12000 a year.”

Craig Nolan

CEO and Paramedic, International Paramedic College

“The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County Seattle has risen from 27% in 2002 and hit an all-time high of 62 percent in 2013” If we could do as well as them look how many more people we could save everyday.

%

% Australian survival rate

%

% of casualties die before reaching hospital

%

% survival rate target (Seattle USA)

Australians could survive each day with a Seattle system

OUR AED PURCHASE PROGRAMS FOCUS ON A HAVING AN AED NEAR WHEN IT IS NEEDED REDUCING THE TIME TO FIRST SHOCK AND INCREASING SURVIVAL RATES

“Key Features” of our AED programs

Ease of use for the general public

The IP55 rated LIFEPAK essential AED is easy to use and requires no complicated processes, it is just so simple to use. Just turn it on connect the pads and follow the prompts. It has adult and child settings with no need to change or buy extra pads.

Easy Access Highly Visable

Where should we put an AED? Consider

  • response time
  • Highly visible and labelled cabinet
  • rate of incidence
  • Volume of employees/customers/visitors
  • The nature of the risk where you are
  • Easy access at all times

Well Trained People

According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, individuals working long hours are 67% more likely to suffer from a heart attack during their lifetime. When you purchase an AED from IPC we will provide you with a free awareness training package to fit your needs.

Customised AED training with every AED you buy from IPC

As a registered training organisation We can provide CPR training classes full training and support and supplies for your AED.

“Adopt A Defib” make an anonymous donation of an AED

Contact us to discuss a way you can donate to the organisation of your choice “adopt a defib”

What to look for when you buy an AED?

Low Total Cost of Ownership

Is it robust enough to handle our workplace environment and what are the replacement costs of battery and pads to ensure your AED is “ready to go”.

Signage and Cabinets

AED signs and public access cabinets.make your AED highly visible and accessible in an emergency.

AED Alert Program

  • Tracks daily status of AED
  • View and organise test reports
  • Check the location of each AED
  • Remotely upgrade Mindray Beneheart D1
  • Works with other AED’s also.

Ease of Use and Training

Is the defib simple enough to be used by anybody following the instructions and voice prompts and with some basic training.

Child AEDs

Do we need extra pads or equipment to treat children. Some AED’s can use the same pads on Adults and Children saving you stocking costs.

Time Critical Support

The absence of early defibrillation combined with CPR means that the chances of survival decrease 10% every minute that passes.

Training College Hours

Office Hours
Mon - Fri
9am - 4.30 pm AEST

Training Partnership Enquiries:
1300244994

Shop Enquiries:
1300244994

 

3 + 3 =

BUY AN AED

Full range of AEDs at Warehouse prices. Buy your AED from the most trusted profession, not a sales team

AED GOLD VALUE PACKAGE

Valuer Package for Business, Charities, Sports groups or “adopt a defib” programs

FIRST AID KITS FOR HOME WORK AND ADVENTURE

Work cover workplace approved fist aid kits for all environments and risk profiles

Our Products

Download your free bites and stings chart

Bites and Stings

 

First aid treatment of bites and stings?

Many of the worlds most venomous creatures call Austalia home. First aid treatment for bites and stings varies depending on what animal is responsible for the bite or sting.

Are all bites and stings dangerous? How do you know what treatment is required? What if the person is allergic to that type of bite/sting?

Not all creatures that bite or sting are dangerous, though many bites and stings can be painful. Never attempt to catch or kill an animal which has bitten or stung you – most likely it will result in further pain and a positive identification is not required for treatment to commence.

There are four different treatments for bites and stings:

  1. Vinegar. Ordinary, household vinegar applied to the affected area.
  2. Cold therapy. Application of a cold compress.
  3. Heat therapy. Application of heat – as hot as the person stung can stand (this will very from person to person).
  4. Pressure immobilsation bandage. Very firm application of a wide, elasticised bandage and immobilisation of the affected limb.

Practical ways to apply the appropriate treatment for envenomation, management of anaphylaxis and what to do until the ambulance arrives are part of our First aid courses.

Call the Ambulance on 000 in Australia following an envenomation, particularly if the casualty is a known anaphylatic or is experiencing signs of an allergic reaction. Be prepared to commence CPR if necessary and ensure you have a Defibrillator

Download your free bites and stings wall chart here

Most people do not apply a Pressure Immobolisation Bandage firmly enough.

The Setopress High Compression Bandage has printed rectangles to guide the user in applying the bandage at the correct pressure. When stretched correctly the rectangles become squares which provide over 30mmHg (brown square) and 20mmHg (green square) of pressure.

Click here for more information about the Pressure ImmobilsationTechnique or to purchase a Setopress High Compression Bandage

Ticks are a common pest in many parts of Australia and whilst most are fairly harmless to humans, the paralysis tick can cause serious problems and be fatal to our furry friends. An embedded tick can be difficult to remove, however one of the quickest and easiest ways is with Tick Tox spray. This spray snap freezes the ticks, allowing them to be brushed off and is safe for use on people and animals including cats and dogs.

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What does DRSABCD mean in First Aid and CPR Courses?

DRSABCD is an acronym described as an Emergency action plan for first aiders or first responders to an emergency.

So what does DRS ABCD stand for?

Danger (Check for danger to yourself patient and others patient)

Response (to check the patients response to see if a patient is conscious or unconscious)

Send for help (call 000 if needed)

Airway (check and clear obstructions to the airway)

Breathing (check if patient is breathing normally or not)

CPR (commence CPR if necessary)

Defibrillation ( If CPR is needed than an AED is needed)

Practical ways to apply the DRSABC action plan and what to do until the ambulance arrives are part of our First aid and CPR courses risk factors of heart attack, click on this link

If it’s a heart attack it’s dirty plumbing, if it’s a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) it’s an electrical problem?

Yes, your heart beats/pumps blood through your body because it is told to squeeze by electrical currents that travel through your heart. These electrical currents have a specific pathway and pattern. When something goes wrong with this electrical pathway/current it can make your heart beat in a way that stops the heart from pumping properly, this means that your heart, brain and other vital organs aren’t getting the blood they need to function. Action to correct this is best done by bystanders with an AED.

If a sudden cardiac arrest occurs the person will become unconscious and will stop breathing or stop breathing normally. While CPR keeps blood moving around the body, especially to the brain, it cannot reverse the electrical problem it needs to be treated with a defibrillator or AED to stop the chaotic electrical activity in the hope that a normal electrical mechanical response will be restored.

Call the Ambulance on 000 in Australia for sudden cardiac arrest. Start CPR and ensure you have a Defibrillator

Download your free wall chart here of the DRSABCD Emergency action plan

Any chest pain should be considered a heart attack until proven otherwise at hospital.

“Chest pain can be classified as any pain or discomfort to an area around the chest. Chest pain may be caused by a multitude of disease processes or injuries to the chest, lungs, heart, diaphragm, neck, stomach (reflux/indigestion pain) and even the abdominal organs. Paramedics and hospitals will If in doubt about the type of chest pain, look for or rule out potential cardiac causes.”

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The Emergency Law blog of Michael Eburn is something I recommend to all our Australian students as a great source of legal information for emergency care providers,first responders, childcare workers and first aiders.

Like the problems often attributed to self diagnosis trends using “Dr Google” This article on CPR Success  is important as makes what i think is an important point about the artificial expectations that TV may create, and how those expectations could lead to feelings of guilt in the first aider and families etc, that not all was done that could have been.

He goes on to remind first aid instructors to communicate the reality of CPR success to their students, to ensure they make informed decisions and appropriate emotional responses and don’t rely on misinformation from TV.

Further he says that CPR training should give information on success rates so people can feel confident to have a go, that doing something is better than nothing and they should not have unrealistic expectations of CPR.

These are important points in managing an often traumatised aftermath in cardiac arrests for the general public,first aid responders and paramedics.

A recent study to investigate regional variation in the characteristics, incidence and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in Australia and New Zealand found bystander CPR was commenced in 41% of cases and 28% of these cases survived the event and 12% survived to hospital discharge.(1)

Bystander CPR is a crucial component of the ‘chain of survival’; patients who receive bystander CPR are more than two times more likely to survive than those who do not receive bystander CPR.

You can learn CPR easily in a few hours, learn to break down the barriers that stop you from starting CPR, not just the mechanics of a process.

You can book our local CPR courses which explain how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) online 24 hours a day.

References:

  1. Regional variation in the characteristics, incidence and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Australia and New Zealand: Results from the Aus-ROC Epistry Beck, Ben et al.Resuscitation , Volume 126 , 49 – 57

 

CRAIG NOLAN

Craig Nolan is an educator and manager with overall responsibility for the implementation of the International Paramedic College Group’s training, strategy, initiatives and expansion. Craig is a former Intensive Care Paramedic and Educator with The Ambulance Service of NSW and he is an active Committee member of Paramedics Australasia, the peak body for Paramedics in Australia and New Zealand.