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Shoctober

What is Shoctober?

Shoctober is a national recognised program in October, to increase the awareness of Defibrillation for individuals and in the workplace.

Our heart functions using its own electrical current originating in two nodes within the walls of the heart.  There are many reasons that this circuit can malfunction and cause the heart to not pump blood around the body efficiently and in some cases this can be life threatening.

Defibrillation is part of the Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) sequence.  Defibrillation is providing an electric shock to the heart to restore the optimal heart rhythm and therefore, the efficient pumping of the heart.

Defibrillators are classified as AED (automated external defibrillator) or SAED (semi-automated external defibrillator.  SAEDs are to be operated by specifically trained health professionals while AEDs are the devices found in shopping centres, airports, aquatic centres and other public places designed to be used by the general public.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in Australia.  The chances of survival increase significantly with the use of a defibrillator

With cardiac arrest, time to defibrillation is a key factor that influences a person’s chance of survival. A defibrillator should be applied to the person who is unresponsive and not breathing normally as soon as it becomes available so that a shock can be delivered if necessary.

 

  • Without early defibrillation with an
    AED, less than 5%* of cardiac victims survive.
  • Defibrillation within the first few minutes of having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, increases the chance of survival, to over 70%*.
  • For every minute that passes, the
    chance of survival reduces by 10%*.

Although AEDs provide clear and simple instructions to use.  Attending a first aid course through providers such as St John’s Ambulance or Royal Life Saving is highly recommended for all.

Consider downloading the St John First Responder App to your phone, so you can easily locate an AED in an emergency.

http://www.shoctober.org.au/about-us/survive-in-five

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