Frequently Asked Questions - Lifepak Defibrillators

What is a defibrillator?
A defibrillator is a device that gives an special electric shock to the heart to help get it back into a rhythm that pumps blood around the body.

Are they safe to use?
Yes. The machine will talk you through the process of what to do and when. It speaks to you. It gives you instructions on what to do and when.

Will I kill someone using a defibrillator?
Our defibrillators will only deliver a shock to a heart that is in fibrillation. The electrodes you stick to the victim’s chest have sensors in them. If you stick them on someone who has not gone into fibrillation the machine will detect the normal heart rhythm and will not deliver a shock.
If a person’s heart is in fibrillation, there is a high possibility that this person will die without first aid & medical care.
CPR alone in this situation does work around 2 to 6% of the time. Using a defibrillator can improve this statistic to around 40%.

When do I use one?
You use a defibrillator, when you need to use CPR. This is whenever you have someone who collapses, and you cannot detect a pulse or breathing.

Can I re-use a defibrillator?
Yes. You will need to replace the electrodes – those bits you stick to the victims chest. These are consumables and are readily available.

How long does the battery last?
The main battery lasts 8 years.  The electrodes & electrode charge battery need replacement every 2 years.

Can I use them on children?
Yes. However If the child is under 8 years of age or under 25kgs in weight, you will need to use the child electrodes. It is advisable that you purchase the child electrodes if you are in an environment where children are at risk of cadiac arrest from drowning or choking etc. Settings such as a school,  public swimming pool, creche or child care centre would be primary examples.

Can I get sued using one?
In Australia, no one has ever been successfully sued for applying first aid.

Why would I need to use one?
Using a defibrillator greatly increases the success rates of CPR. As our populations ages, the risk of death in your workplace increases.
Being able to try saving a life, rather than standing around watching a person die,  has huge ramifications in the workplace, not to mention the people involved  and  the family members of the victim.

What is the likely-hood someone will have a heart attack?
From the age of 40 to 70 years of age. Australian men have a 1 in 2 chance of having a heart attack. If you are female, you have a 1 in 3 chance of a heart attack after the age of 40. (Ref Heart Attack Facts – Heart Foundation).
Poor heart health is not the only reason a human heart gets into trouble. A person’s heart may go into fibrillation if they drown, choke, fall, get hit in the chest or have a head injury.

How easy are they to use?
Anyone who understands simple instructions in English, and has CPR training can use the device.

Do I need special training?
No. It is advisable however, that your staff are regularly trained in CPR.
Most current first aid training courses include training on defibrillators (or AEDs), as standard.
There is a free instructional DVD supplied with every unit, plus we have videos on our website for you and your staff to review.

Are Lifepak parts & servicing readily available?
Our defibrillator comes with an 8 year warranty. Lifepak is the world’s most commonly used defibrillator brand. Lifepak brand is used by the NSW Ambulance service, and can also be found in many hospitals all around the world.
The Lifepak CR plus unit is made by PhsyioControl. This is a US based company, who also manufactures a wide range of defibrillator units for Ambulances, Rescue Units and Hospitals.