New defibrillator means Lyndon can respond quickly and effectively to a heart attack
Anyone suffering a heart attack has a better chance of survival if medical or first aid-trained people are on the scene to help, but even with the best of training first responders may be limited in what they can do if a defibrillator is needed but not available.
Staff at Lyndon Drug & Alcohol Withdrawal Unit will now have that extra backup if required, thanks to the Rotary Club of Orange.
Lyndon Withdrawal Unit Manager, Michele Campbell, said, “The club did not hesitate when asked to support the acquisition of the defibrillator.”
“While it is one of those things we hope never to need, staff members, all of whom receive regular CPR training, are very relieved and appreciative that an AED is now available in the Withdrawal Unit.”
“This particular device also provides feedback on the effectiveness of external heart compressions being provided, increasing the chances of survival and reassuring the operator that they are doing the best they can,” Ms Campbell said.
In some cases of heart failure, the heart is active but ineffective – fibrillating – because of faulty electrical impulses. An Automated External Defibrillator assesses if it is appropriate to be used, guides the operator in use and sends electric shocks across the patient’s chest. The intended result is that the electric shock first stops the heart momentarily, stopping the chaotic heart rhythm, and this usually restores normal heart rhythm.