Forward Hearts Program

Physio Control’s Forward Hearts Program allows survivors of sudden cardiac arrest to pay it forward and help to potentially save another life by donating another life-saving defibrillator to an organisation of the survivor’s choice.A new initiative from Physio-Control is helping more places become heartsafe by equipping them with a life-saving defibrillator.  

How it Works

When a LIFEPAK CR PLUS, LIFEPAK EXPRESS or HeartSine Samaritan PAD is used to save a life, after the survivor has recovered and has been discharged from hospital, they can choose to make a donation of another defibrillator to an organisation anonymously or be part of a public service announcement, spreading further awareness about these life-saving devices.

This is a unique way to promote the need for AEDs in businesses as, unlike other safety essentials, such as a fire blanket or fire extinguisher, defibrillators are not a legal obligation for businesses.

A shared mission between Physio-Control and defibshop is to save lives and by donating more defibrillators to businesses, more people will be provided with a higher chance of survival, should they fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest.

Forward Hearts Process

In order for the donation to be fulfilled, the survivor must confirm the following:

  • SCA survivor is rescued with a Physio-Control defibrillator - the defibrillator must be under warranty and the rescue must be in a workplace and community location
  • Clinical teams confirm rescue - confirmation of the cardiac arrest and confirmation of the patient surviving to hospital care
  • Survivor picks the donation receipt
  • Physio-Control donates (on behalf of the survivor) a HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P or 360P to the chosen organisation
  • Distributor arranges hand-off event and contacts media

The Fine Print

The survivor must be saved with: HeartSine Samaritan PAD AED, LIFEPAK CR PLUS AED or LIFEPAK EXPRESS AED.

The cardiac event must be deemed to be an actual sudden cardiac arrest by Physio Control’s Clinical team.

Submission for Forward Hearts must include: Event data file (PDF files are not acceptable), Customer Event Form with location of resuscitation, gender and outcome, Forward Hearts Fonation Details Form.

Survivor chooses organisation for a donation

Survivor can choose to make their donation in their own name of anonymously, confidentially or part of a public service announcement.

Donated device will be a HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P or 360P only.

The distributor will coordinate the donation and handover event and any surrounding publicity.

Physio-Control should be informed of these details and can assist where necessary.