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Promoting public awareness of the use of defibrillators to save lives.

 

Shoctober is defib awareness month, and this is a shout-out to all who have defibs to use the month of October (or any month) to organize some defib awareness activities. Hence, people know where their nearest defib is and have the confidence to use it in an emergency.

Emails, videos, posters and face to face demos.

 

On this site we have a number of AEDs and online videos.

 

Defibs save lives but only if people know where they are located and have the confidence to use them.

 

AED RESOURCES

The following AED chart has been compiled to assist people with identifying their AEDs and providing associated information, including user manuals and demo videos. 

 

It is not a recommendation or advice about AEDs, but you may find it useful. Manufacturers may contact us if their AED is not present or if there are any errors. Go to AEDS >>

 

DEFIBRILLATOR GUIDELINES 2022

Compliance with these Guidelines is voluntary.

Aimed at saving lives, the Guidelines follow recent research which recommends that organizations adopt a 'service-based' approach to heart safety by clearly defining who has responsibility for monitoring and maintaining AEDs and the training of rescuers. 

The first Guidelines were developed by Dr. Donald Dingsdag and Dr. Graeme Peel in 2012 and launched at Parliament House, Canberra, in November 2012. Following consultation with SafeWork Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Association, defibrillator users, defibrillator manufacturers, and other interested parties, a second edition of the Guidelines was released in October 2014.
 
In assembling this edition of the Guidelines, Dr. Dingsdag examined current trends and practices in deploying AEDs and reviewed research into the use of AEDs in workplaces and public spaces. In addition, broad consultation was undertaken with government, business, and professional groups and subject matter experts, and careful consideration was given to relevant legislation and regulations.

The Guidelines provide technical specifications for defibrillators, where and how they are to be installed, instructions for monitoring and maintenance, and a stipulation of training standards. Also offered are minimum standards for what should happen during an emergency response, post-incident support and record keeping, and a process for those wishing to register an AED System voluntarily. 

Registering defibrillators within a national database will help improve access to defibrillators by first responders and emergency service personnel, improving the survival rate.

For information, please visit https://www.defibrillatorguidelines.com.

 

MEDIA

WARREN SPORTS COMPLEX IN FRISCO TO HOST FIRST EVER SHOCTOBER

 

​Frisco, TX, Oct. 22, 2022 – This news is quite literally, shocking. Frisco is no stranger to being first in the country and the city is proudly doing it again. This Saturday at 8 a.m., Warren Sports Complex is hosting the first ever SHOCTOBER, to help raise awareness and educate the community about AEDs. ZAPSTAND, an industry leader in life saving automated external defibrillators, also known as AEDs, will have representatives on hand to demonstrate to the public how simple it is to save another person’s life. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. According to the CDC, one person dies every 34 seconds from cardio vascular disease. While the statistics are alarming, survival rates can improve with an AED.

ZAPSTAND recently installed ten units in parks around the city of Frisco. Mayor Jeff Cheney will attend the event between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. He recently said, “we’re proud to be named ‘best place to raise an athlete’ in Sports City USA, and we’re quickly earning the moniker ‘safest place to raise and athlete’ from the hospital facilities, the research that is happening, and this program too.”  Cheney also said, “we want kids to play hard and compete, but we also want them to be safe.” 

Frisco resident and AED advocate, Sheryl Sheasays, “sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It is not age discriminatory. AEDs save lives and awareness is vital. My daughter is alive today because someone knew what to do.” Shea’sdaughter, Kylee suffered cardiac arrest several years ago when she was in the 7th grade. Thankfully, a quick response from AED trained teachers saved her life. Her story attracted national attention.   

 

​This Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Warren Sports Complex in Frisco, ZAPSTAND will demonstrate its AEDs. Company representatives will be on site for comment, joined by the Mayor of Frisco who will be available at 11 a.m. Shea and others whose lives were affected by an AED will also be available for interviews. We hope you join us for this first of its kind event, in making AEDs available in several city parks. 

 

For more info:

Website: www.zapstand.com

Website: www.shoctober.org

Contact: Theresa M. Hernandez

theresamerolahernandez@gmail.com

 

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Theresa Hernandez 

 

theresamerolahernandez@gmail.com