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Cardiac arrest is a silent, sudden and indiscriminate killer and you’d think that no one would know this better than a paramedic.

Cardiac arrest is a silent, sudden and indiscriminate killer and you’d think that no one would know this better than a paramedic.
However it took the death of a young football player from his son’s club for this and the importance of early defibrillation to hit home with Ambulance Victoria, Gisborne, Team Manager Andrew White.

In May 2010 19-year-old Stephen Buckman collapsed and died from a cardiac arrest during training at the Rupertswood Football Club. Andrew was off-duty at the club and assisted in the mammoth effort undertaken to try to save Stephen’s life, which included nearly two hours of CPR. In Stephen’s case a defibrillator wasn’t available for 22 minutes. Had one been available within the first five minutes his outcome could have been very different.

Andrew, a paramedic for 20 years said, “I’d been to hundreds of cardiac arrests and you’re not affected by it, you go on to the next job, you don’t appreciate the impact until you’re a part of it”.

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Defibrillators for Men's Sheds

DYCFL share a vision to install defibrillators into all Men's Sheds.

With a number of grants available to Men's Shed, apply now and support the installation of Defibrillators in Victoria.  

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Victorian out-of-hospital cardiac survival rates among the best in the world

The Victorian Government issued a Media Release about the increase in survival rates due to public access defibrillators. 

Minister for Health David Davis announced in February 2014 that a new report confirmed Victorians whose hearts stop beating after suffering a cardiac arrest have a greater chance of survival than people almost anywhere else in the world.

“Patients who received CPR from community members, particularly those who were treated with public defibrillators to get their hearts beating again in the vital minutes before paramedics arrived, had even better. survival rates,” Mr Davis said

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Ambulance Victoria talks about the importance of AEDs

The 2013 edition of Ambulance Victoria’s  Newsletter – Pillowtalk talks about the importance of AEDs and includes the contact details for DYCFL (see pp 8-9).

Having AEDs publicly accessible will help increase the chance of survival from a cardiac arrest. CPR, together with the use of an AED in the critical minutes before paramedics arrive, dramatically increases the patient’s chance of survival. A patient who receives CPR prior to paramedic arrival is four times more likely to survive.

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A defibrillator saves a 32 year old Melbourne mother

Samantha Jobe survived a heart attack thanks to the quick actions of the trainers at her gym and the use of a defibrillator from a nearby business.

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Making hearts beat again

Sue Buckman from Defib Your Club For Life (DYCFL) flew to Sydney to take part in ‘Team Take Part’ at the Big Top, Luna Park on Wednesday, 28 May. With free Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) training it was all hands on deck as the life-saving experts coached school children, teachers and public alike to learn how to make hearts beat again.

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Standardised medical bag for FIFA World Cup

FIFA have introduced their first standardised medical bag for the 2014 World Cup, with the most critical element being the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) which is clearly visible in the front pocket of the bag. This emergency medical bag is required on the sidelines of every match and must be sighted before the referee can blow the starting whistle.

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I owe my life to a defibrillator

Read Rob Comley’s story of survival from a sudden cardiac arrest and how a DYCFL defibrillator installed at Blue Gum Park Tennis Club saved his life

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