The statistics are startling if not confronting, in Australia approximately 30,000 people sustain cardiac arrests outside hospitals and are treated by emergency medical services. Currently, on average, only nine per cent of victims survive. Research and practice shows survival can be dramatically increased with the distribution of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
It is not just the elderly or unfit that are vulnerable to cardiac arrest, 12 young people die each week of sudden cardiac arrest. In fact, it was an incident just like this that prompted Guy Leech to partner with Physio Control, the pioneers of defibrillation technology, and become a major distributor of their life-saving machines. Physio Control devices are used by the NSW ambulance service and their devices save someone’s life every 15 minutes around the world.
The widespread availability of AEDs has been proven to increase cardiac arrest survival rates. While in Australia the average survival rate is nine per cent, in Seattle, United States, the survival rate from cardiac arrest is 62 per cent thanks to their city wide Physio Control community program.
“The Agency is committed to providing staff, clients and our local communities with a safe and supportive environment,” Matt Lahood explains. “An example of this is our flagship office in Bondi Beach, we purposefully designed a 10-metre concrete hot desk where agents from across the business, clients and locals are all welcome to plug in, enjoy a coffee and the view. With our ‘open door’ policy we are mindful of the responsibility that comes with that.”
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Guy Leech and Heart Safe Australia helping to Helping to create a Heart Safe Environment and saving lives across Australia.