The wisdom of placing AEDs throughout the community seems obvious and long overdue and thousands of lives will be saved as a result.
Ranked No 1 for Safety & First Aid and Cardiology on Amazon in Australia and UK, Back in a Heart Beat is a must read reference focused on busting the myths and fears associated with sudden cardiac arrest and the use of defibrillators by members of the public. It presents an authoritative case for rapid and widespread deployment of AEDs. Anyone can be an urban lifesaver by applying a defibrillator.
Minutes matter during a sudden cardiac arrest and the victim’s very survival depends upon bystanders quickly applying an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Sudden cardiac arrest does not discriminate – it can strike anyone, of any age, anytime, anywhere and is the leading cause of death in the industrialised world. But it is the one cause of death in which the actions of an ordinary person can restore life.
The possibility of a layperson having to deal with a cardiac arrest in Australia is 590 times more likely than a fire related fatality. Fire extinguishers, first aid kits and evacuation plans are mandatory in workplaces and public spaces and have reduced death rates, yet a simple machine that would save many lives is seldom available.
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Founder of Defib First and not-for-profit Urban Lifesavers, Anne Holland is an educator, presenter, speaker and author. Anne is a registered nurse, with extensive experience in post anaesthetic critical care, a first aid trainer and nurse immuniser who brings her professional and personal experience to her commitment for change with passion and determination.
Minutes matter in a cardiac arrest and urban lifesavers need to apply an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) without fear or hesitation.
Anne’s passion for educating ordinary people to become urban lifesavers stems from the loss of her husband, Paul – a father of five. Out of this passion, her business Defib First was born and is focused on education and awareness with the ultimate aim to make AEDs as commonplace as fire extinguishers. Her vision is to see AEDs included as key components of the emergency First Aid equipment available in all public spaces and workplaces across Australia.
In addition, the goal is to ensure that everyone knows how to apply an AED and potentially save a life and as such Anne founded the NFP Urban Lifesavers in mid 2015.
In her book, Back in a Heart Beat, Anne busts the myths associated with cardiac arrest and defibrillators and discusses the critical importance of public access defibrillators, especially in the workplace, as well as how easy and safe they are for bystanders to use in an emergency.
Anne believes that we do not have to be bystanders; we call can be Urban Lifesavers. There is no greater reward than to save the life of another person.