An Automated External Defibrillators (AED) is a life-saving device that if delivered within minutes of a cardiac arrest, defibrillation can increase survival rates by 80 percent or more.
Today Gladstone State High School was the recipient of a subsidised Automated External Defibrillators (AED). The Here for Hearts Schools Program improves access to AED for schools and communities in regional Queensland.
The AED was presented in a special presentation at the school’s house parade on Thursday 27th July to the school by Westfund Regional Manager Sarah Aldous.
“Westfund Health Insurance, in collaboration with the Defibshop, is thrilled to present this AED to Gladstone State High School,” said Mrs Aldous. “This life saving device will provide peace of mind to the entire school community,” she said. Staff and students alike will benefit from the installation of the AED.
This life saving device will provide peace of mind to the entire school community. If delivered within minutes of a cardiac arrest, defibrillation can increase survival rates by 80 percent or more.
The Here for Hearts program aims to reinforce the important role AEDs play in the community, improving awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and increasing the amount of devices available to regional Australians.
Head to www.westfund.com.au/hearts to learn more about Here for Hearts or complete an application.
Photo – Tristan Nietfeld, Jacinta Thefs, Sarah Aldous, Mikeal Bobart, Brendan Hooley