The Government of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation are working with a company called AED4life to ensure all recreation facilities and other organizations are prepared in case of cardiac arrest by providing AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators. Flin Flon’s Leslie Beck is working with the Foundation and says all indoor recreation facilities can apply for free AEDs. She says there are approximately 40 thousand cardiac arrests in Canada per year and 85 percent happen outside of hospitals and the current survival rate for out of hospital cardiac arrests is approximately five percent. Beck adds for every one minute delay in defibrillation the chances of survival for a cardiac arrest victim decreases by seven to ten percent but an individual’s chance of survival is doubled when early CPR is used in combination with an AED.
Beck will be offering training on AED’s in November. Information on the free AEDs for those who qualify or how to purchase one by other organizations can be found at www.aed4life.ca