DESTINATIONS - OUTDOORS HEALTH & SAFETY
We’ve always wondered why defibrillators have to be so bulky, when compact battery ‘jump starters’ have been available for years. Now our question has been answered.
We all know that in the case of cardiac arrest, every minute counts. Using a defibrillator within the first minute of sudden cardiac arrest can potentially bring the chance of survival up to 90 percent. However, only 40 percent of Australians who suffer cardiac arrest receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before the ambulance arrives and only two percent receive community defibrillation, by means of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
We’ve all seen AEDs hanging on walls in public buildings, but you’re most unlikely to find one in remote areas, other than in medical centres or hospitals. Research shows that people in regional, rural or remote communities are 90 percent more likely to die from heart conditions than people living in metropolitan areas.
Should cardiac arrest occur during an outback adventure, the chances of effective CPR are greatly reduced and defibrillation is highly unlikely – until now. CellAED is a compact defibrillation device that is permanently ready for action and can fit in the palm of your hand.
CellAED was developed by Australian start-up company, Rapid Response Revival. This defibrillator is more affordable, more portable and easier to use than conventional AEDs.
CellAED was developed by Australian start-up company, Rapid Response Revival. The defibrillator is more affordable, highly portable and easier to use than conventional AEDs.
After spending 40-odd years as a GP in Benalla, more than 200km away from Melbourne, Paul Kelly knows just how important defibrillators can be. Paul and his wife, Robyn, are caravaners who never leave home without their CellAED, sitting behind the passenger seat.
Where do ya get it
Because this device needs to work perfectly when required, it has a shelf life of only two years, after which it must be replaced. Also – obviously – it needs to be discarded after use.
A one-off purchase is $499, for a two-year product life, after which the CellAED must be replaced.
The alternative package is a one-off payment of $359 and annual payments of $198. That package includes automatic replacement of the CellAED before its expiry date; immediate replacement if the unit has been used; Internet of Things connection for remote maintenance checks and medical professional and family access to a patient’s event data.
You can get a CellAED on-line at: https://rapidresponserevival.com/