Don’t Be Afraid of AED’s!!

Aaaarrrggghhh!!!! What do I do with it ?

All AED’s are user friendly, they will speak to you as soon as you switch them on and guide you through the whole resuscitation process.  Some will even guide you through CPR until the ambulance arrives.

Below is an extract from the most recent AED guidelines from the Resuscitation Council (UK), the full guidelines can be found on their website, along with lots of other useful AED and resuscitation information :

 ‘’It is the view of the Resuscitation Council (UK) that the use of AEDs should NOT be restricted to trained personnel. Furthermore, the Resuscitation Council (UK) considers that it is inappropriate to display notices to the effect that only trained personnel should use the devices, or to restrict their use in other ways. Such restrictions are against the interests of victims of cardiac arrest, and discourage the greater use of AEDs by members of the public who may be able to preserve life and assist victims of cardiac arrest. This confirms similar advice from the British Heart Foundation.’’

Paramedic suffers heart attack while giving CPR to patient.

 It will take months before Paramedic Joseph Hardman from Detroit will recover from his last ride. While saving a heart attact patient, he suffers a serious heart attack himself on route to the Hospital.

When Heardman starting sweating and experiencing a sudden explosion-type feeling in his chest, he knew he was having a heart attack. But he kept working to save the life of the man in his care.

Hardman warned his partner, who was driving to the Detroit Medical Center, that there’d be two patients having a heart attack instead of one. “If  we hadn’t been on the route to the hospital, I don’t know if I would have survived”, he says.

 Since this magical ride, Joseph HHero EMT Suffers Heart Attack While Saving Heart Attack Patientardman is being called a hero and a lifesaver. The docters says, with a couple of months of therapy, he could go back      to work. The same goes for the man whose life was saved by Hardman.

The grandfather of an Ajax fan survives a cardiac arrest during a football match.

During a vootball match last Sunday a Grandfather of an Ajax fan had a cardiac arrest and survived. Supporters and staff at the Amsterdam Arena shots to his aid.

‘Because he was immediately resuscitated and a defibrillator was present, he survived, “says Granddaughter Svenja Koot on Facebook. She wants to thank everyone who helped her grandfather. She is touched by the supporters who missed a large part of the second half of the game, because they helped her grandfather.

The exploits of the supporters and staff, it seems that Grandpa Koot will have no permanent  injuries.


Life-saving machine to be installed at golf club

A DEFIBRILLATOR is being installed at a golf club near Ashbourne as part of a funding venture between members and a national charity.


Members of Brailsford Golf Club have worked with the British Heart Foundation to install the life-saving piece of equipment, which is designed to treat sufferers of a cardiac arrest.

Jointly funded by the club and the charity, the machine works by delivering a controlled electric shock through the chest wall, to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm and help combat the problem.

Sophie Jardine, BHF fundraising manager in Derbyshire, said: “We are extremely delighted that Brailsford Golf Club now has a defibrillator, in case of a life-threatening cardiac arrest on site. It is nice for people to know that fundraising events organised by volunteers and supporters across Derbyshire contribute to funding such vital pieces of equipment in local communities.

“Around 60,000 people suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests around the UK every year, and chances of survival sadly decrease with every minute that passes before emergency services arrive (2, 3).

“Having more defibrillators available locally is crucial to saving more lives.”

Colin Ringer, Seniors Captain of Brailsford Golf Club, said: “As part of my year, I wanted to leave a legacy that could benefit the club members of today and in the future. The defibrillator is a great asset and shows that care and support of our members and visitors really is at the heart of the club.

“We all hope it stays in the box and is never used, but should a cardiac arrest occur, we know we are equipped to do our utmost to try and save a life.

“Many of the staff and members have now received emergency first aid and defibrillator training and will be able to use the equipment with confidence if needed.

“We are pleased and thankful to have worked closely with the BHF to receive this valuable piece of equipment.”

Public schools shun free defibrillators

PUBLIC schools have been forced to decline the offer of free defibrillators – because the education department does not support their use at school.

NSW is out of step with other states such as Victoria which welcomes the lifesaving defibrillators into schools.

Grieving family and friends of Jamie Paraskevopoulos, 16, who collapsed and died after finishing an exam at Aquinas College, Menai, in 2010, last year raised about $50,000 for 18 defibrillators which they then offered to 16 schools, along with two for Jamie’s football clubs.

Aquinas College had bought its own defibrillator unit but four public schools had to turn them down after the department said it would not support them.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli declined to comment, and said he’d seek the department’s advice on its policy.

Defibrillators, which can be used after basic CPR training, can only shock someone whose heart has stopped.

Julia Zuza helped with the fundraising, during which time she discovered the recent deaths of two other teens in southernSydney from sudden cardiac death.

“With this condition, and that is what happened to Jamie, going into cardiac arrest is the first sign something is wrong,” Ms Zuza said.

“If you have had CPR going, the defibrillator will kick in and shock and possibly bring the person back. Everyone wanted the defibrillators.”

Ms Zuza supports The Daily Telegraph’s campaign for CPR training in all schools.

Sue Buckman, whose 19-year-old son Stephen died playing AFL in 2010, started Defib Your Club, for Life! in Victoria – which has since led to defibrillators in public schools.

A NSW education departments spokeswoman said: “The Department’s current policy does not support the use of defibrillators on school grounds.

“Staff members at schools are trained to do CPR and ambulances respond immediately when contacted by a school.”

The department has no centralised record of how many students had suffered a cardiac arrest at school, despite sudden cardiac death killing up to 500 fit, young Australians, mostly aged under 35, each year.





Warning. Do Not Resuscitate.


A grandmother who wants doctors to let her die if she falls ill has had ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ tattooed across her chest – and ‘PTO’ on her back.

Joy Tomkins, 81, decided she did not want to be brought back to life in a medical emergency following the slow death of her husband Malcolm.

The mum-of-two, who is not terminally ill, visited a tattoo parlour in January this year and paid £5 to have ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ written across her chest to ensure that doctors respect her ‘right to die’.

“There is enormous pressure on doctors and paramedics, often from the relatives, to try to revive patients at any cost, even when the patient has made their wishes clear on hospital notes,” she said.

‘I don’t want to upset anyone but this is something I feel strongly about. I won’t change my mind I never do and my children support me in this.

‘That is why I got the tattoo. I have all sorts of things wrong with me but my head is fine. I don’t have a death wish I just don’t want to be kept alive in pain.’


She added that she had had 80 good years and that “I’m quite happy if I wake up in the morning, but if I don’t I’m just as happy.”


She said her two children are aware of her views and don’t argue about her decision.

Tomkins got the idea for the message from Frances Polack, a retired nurse who had “Do Not Resuscitate” set around a red heart with a line through it tattooed on her chest in 2003. Although the 85-year-old carried a living will in her handbag, she was afraid it might not be discovered.

Dr Anna Smajdor, a lecturer in medical ethics at the University of East Anglia’s Medical School, said a tattoo would not be effective as a sole way of ensuring wishes are fulfilled, as they would not be legally binding.