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New Defibrillator Guidelines Released

Media Release

Issue date: 7 October 2014


Defibrillators vital but poor deployment costs lives, say new guidelines set for release

More lives will be saved from sudden cardiac arrest in workplaces and public spaces, after the October 9 launch of guidelines for the public deployment of defibrillators.

That is the prediction of the Automated External Defibrillator Deployment Registry, the policy body established to guide the proper deployment of AEDs in order to save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest.
The guidelines are a response to recent Australian and US research that reveals many public defibrillators will fail at the crucial moment, owing to flat battery, electrical or software problems.
Others are stolen, misplaced or simply not where they are supposed to be when needed.
From July 2015, all defibrillators meeting minimum requirements can be voluntarily registered by users on a national database.

The guidelines provide technical specifications for defibrillators, where and how they are to be installed, instructions for monitoring and maintenance as well as stipulation of training standards.

Also provided are minimum standards for what should happen during an emergency response and for post-incident support as well as record keeping and a process of certification for those wishing to register and certify an AED System.
A database of registered defibrillators will offer location mapping, so that trained rescuers know where the nearest defibrillator can be accessed.
The Defibrillator Guidelines follow recent research which recommends that organisations adopt a ‘service-based’ approach to heart safety, by clearly defining who has responsibility for monitoring and maintaining AEDs and the training of operators.

Compliance with the guidelines is voluntary.
The guidelines were developed under the direction of Dr Graeme Peel, a specialist occupational and public health physician with expertise in aviation medicine and workplace health and safety, and president of the AED Deployment Registry.
“Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of sudden death in Australia, so the need for compliance requirements to govern the use and application of defibrillators in Australian workplaces is essential,” Dr Peel said.
“Defibrillators save lives and while many workplaces have them in place, the lack of adequate instructions and safeguards has unfortunately contributed to fatalities due to malfunctioning or poorly deployed devices.
“Our long term goal is to have workplace regulatory bodies across Australia mandate these guidelines. In the US in 2000 for example, President Bill Clinton mandated that AEDs were to be required in all Federal buildings.
“Government and business workplace managers will welcome clear and concise directions which establish best practice standards on the use and maintenance of AEDs.
“The only thing worse than not having an AED; is having an AED that doesn’t do the job when it is needed.”
A first edition of the Defibrillator Guidelines was produced in August 2012 and launched at Parliament House Canberra in November 2012.
An AEDDR consultation committee then analysed feedback and consulted with purchasers of the guidelines, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Safe Work Australia, defibrillator users and other interested parties.
The results were used to produce this updated second edition, which is being released on during Shoctober 2014. Copies of the guidelines will be available to order from the website at $75 each.

The AED Deployment Registry (AEDDR) is a non-legislative national policy body and voluntary accreditation scheme for the proper deployment of AEDs in workplaces and public spaces.
Registered as an association in October 2012 upon the results of preliminary research by the Cardiac Arrest Survival Foundation, the AEDDR aims to save lives by ensuring that AEDs, their deployment and the training to use them is of a measurably high standard throughout Australia and the world.

Note on Media Event

Members of the media can obtain a copy of the guidelines by requesting a copy (see contacts), or by attending a formal launch of the guidelines, coinciding with a breakfast launch of Shoctober: National Defibrillator Awareness Month, on Thursday 9th October 2014 at Bradfield Park Milsons Point, Sydney from 7.30am to 8.30am. Dr Peel and other members of the AEDDR will be on hand and available for interview.


For more information, interview or to obtain a media copy of the guidelines,

Click here to order your copy of the guidelines

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