PARAMEDICS were out in force in Sale on Tuesday, promoting International Restart a Heart Day, an initiative that aims to highlight the importance of responding to cardiac arrest and implementing CPR before an ambulance arrives.
The Raymond St clocktower was suitably decorated for the occasion, with free promotional giveaways and live demonstrations available to the public.
Event organiser and paramedic Anthony Meade said that the message of ‘call, push, shock’ was the most critical to ensuring patients’ chances of survival increased.
Statistics from Ambulance Victoria show only one in 10 cardiac arrest patients survive, and that for every minute that CPR is delayed, survival drops by 10 per cent.
Mr Meade encouraged people to enrol in CPR courses.
“We really want as many people as possible to have access to and know how to use a defibrillator,” he added.
Nowadays, all defibrillators provide step-by-step verbal instructions via an automated voice, and will only deliver a shock when necessary.
“We can’t save lives and deliver better health outcomes by doing it alone,” Mr Meade said.
“Community feedback and participation in an emergency is incredibly important.”