Hire a Defibrillator (AED) for your Risk Management and Duty of Care

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To rent a defribrillator for 7 days $185.00, 10 days $230.00, 2 weeks $275.00, get in touch for long term AED hire rates.
For longer periods, please call as additional weekly rates get cheaper.
Price includes hire, GST, delivery and return postage.

Using a defibrillator (AED)

An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a device that gives the heart an electric shock when:
– someone’s heart has stopped (cardiac arrest).
– You can use an AED on children over one year old and adults.
– Ambulances have them on board, but using an AED in the minutes before an ambulance arrives can double someone’s chances of survival. So it is up to bystanders quickly to find the nearest defibrillator.

Defibrillators are very easy to use. Although they don’t all look the same, they all function in broadly the same way. You don’t need training to use one. The machine gives clear spoken instructions – all you have to do is follow them – and it won’t shock someone unless they need it.


AED stands for‘ Automated External Defibrillator’, which is a device that detects lethal heart rhythms
which stop the heart from pumping effectively, and then allows a rescuer to deliver a measured shock
to revert these rhythms, so the heart can pump effectively again.

The only method available to revert lethal cardiac arrest rhythms is the use of a defibrillator e.g. AED.
Statistically, for every minute lost without defibrillation, you lose 10% probability of saving a life. The ‘Average Ambulance Response Time in major metropolitan cities of Australia is approximately 16 minutes.
If you apply a measured shock to a person’s heart, suffering a lethal rhythm within the first minute, they have a 70% chance of survival.

How do I use a defibrillator/AED?

You can use an AED with no training. The machine analyses someone’s heart rhythm and then uses visual or voice prompts to guide you through each step.

• First, make sure someone has called for an ambulance, and, if an AED isn’t immediately available, give CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) until someone can bring you an AED.

• As soon as you’ve got an AED, switch it on. It will immediately start to give you a series of visual and verbal prompts informing you of what you need to do. Follow these prompts until the ambulance arrives or someone with more experience than you takes over.

• Take the pads out of the sealed pack. Cut/remove clothing, dry the chest, if possible remove excessive hair.

• Remove the backing paper and attach the pads to their chest

• Place the first pad on their upper right side, just below their collarbone as shown on the pad

• Then place the second pad on their left side, just below the armpit. Make sure you position the pad lengthways, with the long side in line with the length of the their body. Ignore the presence of a pacemaker.

• Once you’ve done this, the AED will start checking the heart rhythm. Make sure that no-one is touching the person. Continue to follow the voice and/or visual prompts that the machine gives you until help arrives.
Once the pads are attached, the device takes 5-10 seconds to analyze the heart’s rhythm and another few seconds to charge itself up.

• If there is normal heart rhythm, an AED will not allow a shock to be delivered.
For example, if a person thinks the casualty is not breathing but the heart is beating, an AED will assess whether there is a heart rhythm and advise by voice command that a shock is not required.
The AED will not allow a shock to be delivered.

• Once a shock is delivered, an AED will continue to monitor the person’s heart rhythm. If the analysis reveals that the heart has stopped beating, it will advise that a shock is required. Follow the prompts given by the AED.

If you come across someone who is unconscious, unresponsive, not breathing or not breathing normally, they’re in cardiac arrest. The most important thing is to call 000 and start CPR to keep the blood flowing to the brain and around the body. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.

If you’re on your own, don’t interrupt the CPR to go and get a defibrillator. If it’s possible, send someone else to find one.

If the victim is wet or lying on a wet surface.
Try to dry the chest with a towel before applying the pads. Defibrillation is most safely performed on a dry surface.
The risks to rescuers and bystanders associated with defibrillating on a wet surface have to be balanced against the risk to the patient of delaying defibrillation. If the patient cannot be safely and quickly moved to a dry surface, as far as possible all bystanders should move off the wet surface. Anyone that must be on the wet surface should avoid direct contact with the patient, and should avoid contact between their body – particularly above their waist – and the wet surface, as far as possible. Wearing latex gloves will also reduce the likelihood of the rescuer being shocked in the event the rescuer is touching the patient at the moment of defibrillation.

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If you DO NOT use a defibrillator on a cardiac arrest patient suffering a lethal heart rhythm, they will die.
Sadly it’s that simple.

The risk of someone suffering a cardiac arrest in your workplace, or home, increases with an ageing population, including from accidents such as electrical shock.

Statistically for men, there’s a 50% chance of sudden cardiac arrest for men by the age of 70

Statistically for women, from the age of 40 years, there’s a 33% chance of suffering a heart attack.
(Ref: Heart Attack Facts – Heart Foundation).

Some causes of cardiac arrest are: Poor heart health, drowning, electric shock, choking, poisoning, trauma.

Will an AED save everyone in cardiac arrest?
No. Many factors such as whether the collapse was witnessed, the heart’s rhythm, and the underlying condition of the victim determine whether the victim lives or dies.