An evaluation of the Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Demonstration

6.8 Support for the Pad Demonstration

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The level of support for, and commitment to, the Pad Demonstration was measured on a number of dimensions including value of the time investment; attitudinal statements of support; likelihood of recommendation to other organisations; and likelihood of self-funding.

Ways in which the implementation of the Pad Demonstration could have been improved were also explored.

6.8.1 Perceived value of investment in Pad Demonstration
6.8.2 Rating of experience in the Pad Demonstration
6.8.3 Intentions to buy AED prior to involvement in Pad Demonstration
6.8.4 Likelihood of buying AED(s) without funding

6.8.1 Perceived value of investment in Pad Demonstration

Involvement in the Pad Demonstration was highly valued and managers believed the investment in the Project as worthwhile (Figure 20):
  • 96% indicated that the staff training was worthwhile (definitely or probably worthwhile)
  • 89% indicated that the time and cost spent maintaining the AED was worthwhile and
  • 85% indicated that the time spent liaising with the St John program co-ordinator was worthwhile – only one manager felt that it was probably not worthwhile.

Figure 20: Rating of investments for AED implementation

Q14. Thinking about the benefits of having the AED placed in your organisation, would you say the investment in < READ OUT STATEMENTS > is definitely worthwhile, probably, maybe worthwhile, probably not, or definitely not worthwhile?

Figure 20: Rating of investments for AED implementation
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6.8.2 Rating of experience in the Pad Demonstration

Overall, both managers and staff highly rated their involvement in the Pad Demonstration. Three in four managers (72%) and staff (76%) rated their experience as excellent or very good (Figure 21). Only one manager and three staff rated the experience as fair.

This high level of support is reflected in the level of agreement to the attitudinal statements:
  • 'Having an AED in the organisation is important to me' (100% of the managers and 95% of the staff) and
  • 'I am committed to the PAD Project' (96% of the managers and 98% of the staff).
Almost all (96% or 51 out of 53) managers would definitely or probably recommend other organisations to participate in the Pad Demonstration (Figure 22). Only one manager probably would not recommend other organisations to participate.

Both managers and staff highly rated their involvement in the Pad Demonstration and most would recommend other organisations to participate.

Figure 21: Ratings of organisation's involvement in Pad Demonstration

Q40/Q79. Overall, how would you rate your organisation's involvement in the PAD Demonstration Project?

Figure 21: Ratings of organisation's involvement in Pad Demonstration

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Figure 22: Likelihood of recommending others to participate in Pad Demonstration

Q43. How likely are you to recommend that other organisations participate in the PAD project?

Figure 22: Likelihood of recommending others to participate in Pad Demonstration
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6.8.3 Intentions to buy AED prior to involvement in Pad Demonstration

Prior to involvement in the Pad Demonstration, one third (32%) of managers indicated that their organisation had considered purchasing an AED. Over half (58%) had not considered purchasing an AED. One in ten (9%) were unsure.

The main reasons provided for considering the purchase of an AED were for public safety more so than employee safety; because they have an aged population at risk; as they had specific incidents requiring defibrillation; and as a preventative for some specific individuals who may require the device.
  • Public safety
    There was a large number of people that travel through the terminal.
    Traffic flow through the shopping centre. Public safety issues were our main concern.
    Because of the nature of our work - we are a fitness facility.


  • Employee safety
    For our staff - we work underwater.

  • An aged population at risk
    We have over 1100 members over the age of 50…it alerted us to the fact that we have a population at risk.
    We have a significant number of members who are over 60-65 and have an oxy-viva unit, we also have a steady and ongoing history of incidents requiring assistance, so it sort of made sense.


  • Previous incident requiring a defibrillator (4 organisations)
    We had had someone have a heart attack and die on the premises, at which staff administered CPR, and it got us thinking.
    We have had heart attacks on our system and needed a solution to that.
    We had somebody who had a coronary attack on the green and passed away.


  • As a preventative measure
    Because we had two students here who possibly could need one.
    We had a child at school who had a pacemaker put in.
Interestingly one manager mentioned alterations in the guidelines from the Australian Resuscitation Council as the reason for considering purchasing an AED:

Just because of the alterations from the Australian Resuscitation Council in line with basic lifesaving requirements, from DRABC to DRABCD (where the D stands for defibrillation). Top of page

6.8.4 Likelihood of buying AED(s) without funding

Managers were asked to reflect on their organisation's likelihood of purchasing the number of AEDs that they had currently installed prior to their involvement in the Project (this assumed one AED would cost approximately $3,000).

One third (32%) of managers indicated that they would have definitely (8%) or probably (24%) have made the investment for the initial set-up (Figure 23). This equates to 17 organisations that indicated they definitely or probably would have bought an AED; 11 of which were those who indicated that their organisation had considered purchasing an AED (Section 6.8.3). Two in five (41%) indicated that they would definitely not (28%) or probably not (13%) have bought the AEDs.

Managers were presented with the scenario of government funding no longer being available. Managers were asked how likely their organisation would now be to purchase the AEDs:
  • Half (53%) of the managers indicated that they would definitely (23%) or probably (30%) invest in AED implementation if government funding was no longer available
  • One in five (19%) indicated that they would definitely not (4%) or probably not (15%) buy an AED.
Involvement in the Pad Demonstration has increased the likelihood of organisations self-funding their own AEDs.

Figure 23: Likelihood of buying AED(s) without funding

Q15. The cost of an AED is approximately $3,000 and you have (INSERT NO. IN Q11) funded. Prior to your involvement with the installation of the AED, do you believe your organisation would have spent ($3,000 multiplied by no. of AEDs in Q11) on the initial set up cost?
Q45. The cost of purchasing an AED is approximately $3,000. Your organisation has (INSERT NO. OF AEDs FROM Q11) funded. If Government funding for the AED was no longer available, do you think your organisation would buy them?

Figure 23: Likelihood of buying AED(s) without funding