Centre manager Dean Hyland who is also a registered nurse said while Headspace primarily looks after young people aged 12 to 25, he values the importance of supporting the whole community.
Centre manager Dean Hyland who is also a registered nurse said while Headspace primarily looks after young people aged 12 to 25, he values the importance of supporting the whole community.

Heartfelt thought to save community in emergency

One small machine will make a large difference to anyone in Bundaberg experiencing a cardiac arrest thanks to the initiative of one local organisation.

Headspace Bundaberg has installed an automated external defibrillator (AED) for all members of the community to use in case of an emergency.

Centre manager Dean Hyland who is also a registered nurse said while Headspace primarily looks after young people aged 12 to 25, he values the importance of supporting the whole community.

"Outside of hospital more than 33,000 people experience cardiac arrest in Australia every year - that's a lot of people," Mr Hyland said.

"And with every minute that passes their chance of survival decreases … quick action could save a life and with an AED that is easily accessible it can make a big difference."

Different to a heart attack if a person is experiencing cardiac arrest the first signs to watch out for include unconsciousness, unresponsiveness and they may collapse.

As the heart is no longer pumping blood efficiently the person may also show signs of abnormal breathing, absence of breath or having no pulse.

The portable device assists people experiencing cardiac arrest by sending a controlled electrical shock but defibrillators must be used in conjunction with CPR.

Centre manager Dean Hyland who is also a registered nurse said while Headspace primarily looks after young people aged 12 to 25, he values the importance of supporting the whole community.
Centre manager Dean Hyland who is also a registered nurse said while Headspace primarily looks after young people aged 12 to 25, he values the importance of supporting the whole community.

Mr Hyland said the AED can be used by anyone there would also be people in the centre who are experienced and can assist.

"You cannot hurt someone by using a defibrillator as it will only shock a person who is actually in cardiac arrest," he said.

"It talks through all the steps - if you stay calm and listen, you will be helping the person until an ambulance arrives."

Headspace Bundaberg general practitioner Dr Adeel Khan who works at the centre two days a week said "an AED can really make a difference in an emergency situation."

"It is great we have access to one at Headspace and that the community can use it if ever the need arose."

The AED cabinet is fitted inside the main entry door at Headspace Bundaberg at 66 Woongarra St.

An alarm will be activated once the door has been opened and the defibrillator has been accessed.

Headspace Bundaberg is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm weekdays but stays open until 8pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

If someone is showing signs of cardiac arrest or in an emergency situation please phone triple-0 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

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