Cardiac arrest and defibrillators

If you believe someone has suffered a cardiac arrest, take immediate action:

  • call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance
  • start CPR by pushing hard and fast in the centre of the chest
  • shock using a defibrillator as soon as possible to restart the heart, if one is available.
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A guide for organisations

An AED can be purchased by individuals and organisations of all types to enhance their first aid capabilities and response.

Find out what factors to consider after purchasing an AED and how to implement an effective AED program for your organisation.

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Prevention of premature cardiac mortality

An Expert Advisory Group established by the NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Ambulance led a review on public access to defibrillation. The Expert Advisory Group also advises on broader initiatives for the prevention of premature cardiac mortality across the life span.

Current as at: Monday 20 January 2020