After the unfortunate death of a man who suffered a cardiac arrest at the 2014 City 2 Surf event, there was a call for greater presence of defibrillators. If you visit or play sport in Centennial Parklands you will be happy to know we have eight available. But where are they?
While we all hope that we will never personally need the help of a defibrillator, that does not mean another visitor or sports player near you may find themselves in need.
Consider these statistics
Reducing the time it takes to locate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is key.
- If an AED is applied to a sudden cardiac arrest victim within the first minute of collapse, their chance of survival is 90%.
- For every minute that passes, their chance of survival drops 10%, leaving a 10 minute ‘window of opportunity’.
Where are our defibrillators?
We have a number of mobile defibrillators, as well as stationary defibrillators at “higher risk” venues.
The defibrillators are in:
- our three Parklands Ranger vehicles
- the Parklands Office Reception
- the Managers Office at the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre
- the Golf Shop at Moore Park Golf
- the Golf Maintenance Depot
- the main administration building at E.S. Marks Athletics Field
If you visit, train or play at any of these venues, please make yourself familiar with the location of your nearest defibrillator.
Remember – you may not need it, but someone near you may.
How does a defibrillator work?
Defibrillation works by delivering an electrical current through the heart muscle via the defibrillation pads.
All electrical activity in the heart is temporarily ceased in the hope that when it returns it will be in a rhythm compatible with an effective pumping motion.
The defibrillators at Centennial Parklands are very easy to use, with an automated voice talking you quickly and clearly through how to use it.
Need help? Call a Parklands Ranger
While we strongly encourage someone in attendance to call 000 in emergencies, our Rangers are all first aid trained and often closer at hand. If you are playing on our sports fields, or regularly visit less visited areas of the Parklands to walk a dog, then save this number in your mobile phone: 0412 718 611.
Here’s another great resource to have – download the Triple Zero smartphone app.
Learn more about defibrillators [Infographic]
Our friends at Australia Wide First Aid have provided this great infographic on defibrillators:
Thanks for reading and we truly hope you never need to use this information.