Forget about bats and balls, Victorian sports clubs are being encouraged to add a defibrillator to their list of essential equipment.
It comes after a defib was used to save the life of young Melbourne footy player Kadel Key a few weeks ago.
The 18 year old was slammed in the head with a ball and knocked to the ground, during a suburban game with Pines Football Club. The half forward then went into full cardiac arrest in the dying minutes of the second quarter.
Key told the Herald Sun the last thing he remembered was being slammed in the face by the footy. His heart was jump-started, and he regained consciousness on the way to The Alfred.
The encouraging news is being seized upon by St John Ambulance, to encourage all sports teams to get a defibrillator in their club rooms. St John Ambulance Victoria CEO Gordon Botwright says "survival rates improve up to 70% when a defibrillator is used in the case of sudden cardiac arrest. We also know if CPR and a defibrillator is not used, the survival rate reduces by 10% in every minute intervention isn't provided".
The Victorian Government is now helping to get defibs in all sporting clubs. To find out if your club is eligible for one of 1000 units available, check out the details through the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program.