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Heart Safe Environment Workplace - Building - Community

Heart Safe Australia (HSA) is taking the lead in saving lives in Australia  by providing Heart Safe Environment Ticks for workplaces, organisations, buildings, communities and more.  
 

Heart Safe Australia is following the recommendations of the American Heart Association (AHA) by providing checklists and audits  to provide Heart Safe Environment to increase  the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest which is currently very low in Australia at 9%.  Heart Safe Australia believes it is feasible to target a survival rate of 50%, which translates into some 12,000 more Australian lives saved every year with our Heart Safe Environment ticked location program. This represents 12,000 devastating personal tragedies we can avoid. It also represents significant social and economic savings.

To create a Heart Safe Environment/Workplace/Building/Community - Heart Safe Australia (HSA) recommends:  

  • Public access defibrillator be placed within 90 seconds brisk walk of any where on location
  • Half of the employees or residents be CPR aware and there is a known automated external defibrillator (AED) Policy
  • Procedure made available along with appropriate signage in high traffic areas.

Make your Work Safe Environment NOW

Take action NOW by satisfying our Heart Safe Environment Checklist/Audit

WHY having a Heart Safe Environment

Every year in Australia approximately 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest away from a hospital, a figure derived from a few studies in a few Australian states, as no nation-wide data is collected. This lack of information is in itself is a problem when it comes to improving the care and survival of cardiac arrest victims: it is impossible to change that which we do not know or understand.

A sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, any time: at a sporting event, at the beach, at work, at the airport, at home.  In Australia, the overall survival rate from a cardiac arrest is less than 10%.

In Seattle, Washington, USA, intensive efforts have pushed the rate of survival after cardiac arrest to 62%.2 Seattle is a metropolitan area with similar characteristics to metropolitan Australia. Elsewhere in North America, system-wide programs have pushed survival rates into the region of 20-30%.

We believe it is feasible to target a survival rate of 50%, which translates into some 12,000 more Australian lives saved every year. This represents 12,000 devastating personal tragedies we can avoid. It also represents significant social and economic savings. 

 

Does your workplace have a Public Access Defibrillator?

The first five minutes holds the key to survival. We need more people, of all ages, who are trained and willing to provide immediate cardio-pulmonary resuscitation  (CPR). We need more, and easily accessible, defibrillators and more people prepared to use them. We need a coordinated healthcare system, designed to provide the type of care that increases the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest.  Above all we need more citizens to be part of the solution. Increasing survival simply will not occur unless we empower the community to drive change from within. 

When it comes to saving a life all the stars have to be aligned—and time is critical:

  • Someone has to immediately recognise that a person has suffered a cardiac arrest and begin CPR
  • Someone has to call the ambulance
  • A defibrillator needs to be nearby and someone has to use it quickly
  • An ambulance needs to arrive fast and  take the patient to the right hospital, where the best post-arrest care is available

Chain of Survival


The Chain of Survival Steps

There are some cases where all of these critical steps occur, however this is rare. When it does happen there is often a large dose of luck involved. The critical factor is that “someone” nearby is trained to recognise cardiac arrest, and to respond the right way, straightaway. The truth is we can’t have doctors and paramedics everywhere, so we need to massively boost the number of citizens who can do the job. 

Those who do survive are the lucky ones—lucky that a bystander is trained to help. Or lucky that equipment like a defibrillator is at hand. However, in a medically advanced country like Australia, luck is not an acceptable strategy. 

As we know, the best chance of surviving a cardiac arrest occurs when a victim’s care begins immediately, and is based on the highest quality evidence. The interventions that have been shown to work are best summarised in the Chain of Survival. This is a useful metaphor for the linked series of actions that, when optimised, give a cardiac arrest victim the greatest chance of surviving without ongoing disability.

 

Chain of Survival


The Chain of Survival has five interdependent links:

  • Someone has to immediately recognise that a person has suffered a cardiac arrest and begin CPR
  • Early recognition and early activation of emergency services
  • Early CPR
  • Early defibrillation
  • Effective advanced life support
  • Integrated post-cardiac arrest care



Of these interventions, immediate and effective CPR and early defibrillation have been shown to be the most crucial. 

The highest rates of survival occur in communities where defibrillators are widespread and accessible and citizens are trained and willing to provide CPR.

So, does your workplace, community club or local school have a public access defibrillator?


Chain of Survival - Scenario

Make your Work Safe Environment NOW

Take action NOW by satisfying our Heart Safe Environment Checklist/Audit

Heart Safe Environment Checklist/Audit