About Defibrillators

An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a piece of equipment that, in a Sudden Cardiac Arrest event, is attached to the person’s chest and its technology analyses the heart to determine if a shock is required to attempt to restart it.

There are many reasons why a person will experience a Cardiac Arrest. It can happen to individuals of all ages, with or without any warning signs or symptoms.

A sudden cardiac arrest is over 550 times more likely to occur than a fire related fatality. It’s the leading cause of death in the developed world.

Thousands of preventable Australian deaths are occurring each year due to the lack of access to a nearby Automated External Defibrillator. The only solution to address poor survival rates is to raise awareness, educate the public and provide accessible AEDs in the community and workplace.

Without defibrillation, for every minute that passes, the chance of survival reduces by 10%. The Australian average ambulance response time is approximately 10 minutes in metro areas — longer in regional areas.

It is simple, easy and safe for ANYONE, regardless of prior training, to become a lifesaver.

The facts about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA):

♥ SCA is fatal but is reversible if early CPR & early defibrillation is available to the casualty.

♥ SCA can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere, at any age.

♥ SCA is not a heart attack (although it can be caused by heart attack).

♥ SCA is the leading cause of death in the developed world.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival is directly related to the time delay in receiving defibrillation i.e. early defibrillation increases the chance of survival.

The facts about Automated External Defibrillators (AED):

♥ An AED is simple and easy to use.

♥ An AED is automated – will not shock indiscriminately – an AED must first detect a heart rhythm before advising if a shock is required.

♥ An AED will only shock someone who is in a life-threatening heart rhythm.

♥ An AED will not shock someone who has a normal heart rhythm.

In simplest terms, Defibrillators work by stopping a weird, problem heartbeat. A powerful electric shock can actually CTRL-ALT-DELETE a heart that’s pumping irregularly or too fast, in hopes of resetting the heart to its correct rhythm.

Don’t invest in an Automated External Defibrillator because you have to; invest because you should as they save lives. Good Samaritan Legislation exists in every state and territory of Australia to protect the providers of first aid. Invest in a Defib today!

Every person, regardless of whether they have First Aid training, should have the confidence to and be capable of applying an AED in the event of a Cardiac Arrest. Today AEDs are simple to operate and effective in saving lives. Organisations can opt to purchase an AED to enhance their first aid response for the benefit of all staff and visitors.

Shocking Truth: Defibrillator legislation is essential for Cardiac Arrest survival in Australia.

Defibrillator Information

When a fire starts your workplace has defences but when a heart stops what do you have…not time. Waiting just 10 minutes for help to arrive means a 90% chance of death. Using a Defib in the first 2 minutes increase your chances of survival by nearly 80%. Invest in a Defib today.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival is directly related to the time delay in receiving defibrillation i.e. early defibrillation increases the chance of survival.

We work with people who add value and insight to the process. If you feel you would like to be an advocate for raising Defib awareness with Adopt-A-Defib in any capacity so we can achieve a common goal of saving lives from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Australia we welcome your passion and enquiry read more

HeartSine Samaritan® and LIFEPAK® Defibrillators are simple to operate and effective in saving lives. Compact in size big on ability. Built-in confidence and specifically designed for any environment.

Defibrillator Placement

Internationally recognised green AED signage inside and outside premises is vital to communicate where the AED is located.

VISIBILITY: The AED should be displayed in a central location, clearly visible to all users and visitors of the venue including signage.

SECURITY: The AED should be secure and safe from theft & vandalism.

ACCESSIBILITY: The AED should be easily accessible in the event of cardiac arrest.


Set up and maintain the AED to the manufacturer’s requirements.

The battery and electrode pads should ALWAYS be inserted for the device to be rescue ready – AEDs have their own power source without the need for installation or hardwiring.

AED system indicator shows that the device is working. The device will advise if there are any systems issues. All Defibrillators do regular self-checks and will let you know of any errors.

If an AED is used, ensure you REPLACE the electrode pads on the machine. They are ONE patient use only.

Extends this lifesaving technology to even more people, offering many a better chance of survival in the case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest