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Ballina Optometry is a making their workplace a “Heart Safe Place”

Nicola Sawyer and the team at Ballina Optometry in River Street Ballina are making their workplace a heart safe place. Ballina Optometry has been providing customer care and quality Optometry and Optical Dispensing services and supporting the Ballina Community for over 40 years whilst remaining proudly independent. It was the first optometry practice in Ballina and they are active in the Ballina Chamber of Commerce.

Now besides looking after your eyes Nicola and the team have decided to install an AED or defibrillator that may help you in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. Nicola contacted International Paramedic College Australia because they needed some advice and a little help to understand the best AED or defibrillator that would best suit their needs and help them to help their customers if they ever need to.

They wanted to purchase an AED that was really easy to use. We recommend the Lifepak CR2 AED as part of our Gold Value package that includes a cabinet and AED awareness training. The Lifepak CR2 ticked all the boxes because we believe it has everything you need in an AED but is really simple to use without confusing screens and pad set-ups. Because you only have to see the green light flashing on the front to know the AED is good to go, then you don’t have to worry about complicated maintenance routines. Nicola and the team at Ballina Optometry have also recently attended CPR classes in Ballina to learn how to deliver effective CPR in an emergency.

Here at  International Paramedic College Australia we are big fans of businesses like Ballina Optometry who install an AED to take care of their customers, staff and community. Understanding the Role of Defibrillators in Sudden Cardiac Arrest can make a huge difference in someone’s life and those around them. The Australian Resuscitation Council says that for every minute defibrillation is delayed their is a 10% reduction in survival.

Businesses like Ballina Optometry can make a huge difference in peoples lives. We hope Nicola and the team never have to use the AED or there CPR training but it is nice to see genuine care for others around us.

Why you should buy an AED for your workplace or home

“The city of Seattle in the USA has an effective public education and AED program. If we could do the same here and emulate their success we could save around 34 Australians a day or 12000 a year.”

Craig Nolan

CEO and Paramedic, International Paramedic College

“The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County Seattle has risen from 27% in 2002 and hit an all-time high of 62 percent in 2013”


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Australians could survive each day with a Seattle system

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