Back in a Heart Beat Book

The wisdom of placing AEDs throughout the community seems obvious and long overdue and thousands of lives will be saved as a result.

Back in a Heart Beat achieved #1 Amazon Rank in Australia & UK for Safety & First Aid & Cardiology as a must read reference focused on busting the myths and fears associated with sudden cardiac arrest and the use of defibrillators by members of the public. It presents an authoritative case for rapid and widespread deployment of AEDs.

Anyone can be an urban lifesaver by applying a defibrillator.

Minutes matter during a sudden cardiac arrest and the victim’s very survival depends upon bystanders quickly applying an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Sudden cardiac arrest does not discriminate – it can strike anyone, of any age, anytime, anywhere and is the leading cause of death in the industrialised world. But it is the one cause of death in which the actions of an ordinary person can restore life.

The possibility of a layperson having to deal with a cardiac arrest in Australia is 590 times more likely than a fire related fatality.  Fire extinguishers, first aid kits and evacuation plans are mandatory in workplaces and public spaces and have reduced death rates, yet a simple machine that would save many lives is seldom available.

The wisdom of placing AEDs throughout the community seems obvious and long overdue and thousands of lives will be saved as a result.


I highly recommend this publication for a novice to an expert

As the CEO for a major training organisation RTO 90909 and having also being a Paramedic for 28 years, this unique book would have to be the most crafted and informative book of Defibrillation that I have read. I highly recommend this publication for a novice to an expert, its’ just brilliant.

February 21, 2016, Jim Allen, CEO Allens Training, Goulburn, NSW

“Thank you Anne”

As a Registered Nurse embarking into the field of education, training and assessment, Back in a Heart Beat is a valuable resource not only for the health professional but also the layperson. The information provided is factual and succinct. The book has great statistics and certainly busts the myths surrounding the use of a defibrillator. The message is from the heart and it successfully allays any fear or hesitation for a bystander to use an AED. ​February 23, 2016, Clare Ryan RN

An empowering must read for all

Excellent informative book for everyone regardless of their job or lifestyle.  Back in a Heart Beat destroys the myths communicated via uneducated opinions and popular media (movies, TV etc) that perpetuate the issues that might make a person hesitate to use or attach an AED in a medical emergency situation.
February 26, 2016, Frances Nugent RN


AEDs get victims back in a heartbeat

back in a heartbeat

Defibrillator campaigner & founder of Urban Lifesavers, Anne Holland launched her book ‘Back in a Heart Beat’ which busts the myths associated with sudden cardiac arrest and explains how bystanders can save a cardiac arrest victim’s life if they apply an automated external defibrillator (AED) without delay.

Anne’s husband Paul did not survive a cardiac arrest and she knows firsthand the devastation and grief of the sudden loss of a family member from a cause that could be prevented.

A cardiac arrest is not a heart attack as most people think and it can strike anyone, of any age, anytime, anywhere. It is not possible to be sued for providing first aid to someone in cardiac arrest because they are in fact dead and any attempt at resuscitation is better than no attempt.

Applying an AED will not kill or injure the victim nor is it possible to harm them any further.  What is possible however is to save that person’s life because the treatment for cardiac arrest is early CPR and defibrillation. The earlier an AED is used the greater the chance of survival.  Anyone can use an AED and become an urban lifesaver, they just need to know how

AEDs mean the difference between life and death and are safe, reliable and effective.  AEDs cannot shock the wrong person or shock someone who does not need to be shocked.  They must first be applied to the victim’s bare chest and are programmed to detect a lethal heart rhythm first, before delivering a lifesaving shock.

The problem is that there are too few AEDs in the community and workplace and too few people who have the knowledge and confidence to apply them.  Anne Holland intends to change that situation by campaigning for widespread availability of AEDs and providing education programs so that everyone knows what to do to be an urban lifesaver.

Back in a Heart Beat is the start of a nationwide awareness campaign to break down the myths and empower ordinary people to take action and save thousands of lives as a result.

​Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit not-for-profit Urban Lifesavers which is focused on developing education programs for the workplace & community.

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