SLSA calls for members and wider community to join in on Restart a Heart Day
Did you know that every year around 34,000 Australians and New Zealanders suffer cardiac arrest in an out-of-hospital environment? Sadly, only around 1 in 10 of these people will survive.
The Restart a Heart Day campaign has been run by the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) since 2017 in the bid to raise awareness about cardiac arrest and help improve survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, through education around CPR and defibrillator (AEU) use.
The CAA has found that support from the public in the first 3-4 minutes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is critical in improving the chances of survival.
As part of the 2020 Restart a Heart Day campaign, on Friday 16 October between 10.30am-2.30pm AEDT the CAA will live stream four hours of education, survivor stories, expert interviews and more.
The overall aim of this year’s campaign is for every member of the public to know how to appropriately respond to cardiac arrest and be educated in performing CPR and successfully using a defibrillator (AED).
Surf Life Saving offers both members and non-members the opportunity to learn skills in first aid and CPR. It has been estimated that each year 295,000 hours of life is saved as a result of CPR training provided by surf lifesaving.
Our surf lifesavers are often first responders to incidents away from the beach, and one in five surf lifesavers have used their CPR skills within the broader community in a medical emergency.
SLSA is encouraging all Surf Life Saving members, and members of the community to tune in to the Restart a Heart Day livestream. Because every minute counts and it could happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.
To find out more you can visit the Restart a Heart Day website by clicking here or watch the live stream by visiting The Council of Ambulance Authorities Facebook page.
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