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Canada Announces Federal Plan to Fund Defibrillators (AEDs) Nationwide

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 4/22/11, 11:22 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced plans to federally fund Automated External Defibrillators and related training in hockey arenas and community recreation centers throughout Canada.  
AED-Location-SignAccording to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundationin their announcement of the initiative:

 

Defibrillators are electronic devices used to restart a person's heart that has stopped beating. They are safe, easy to use, and can be operated effectively by the lay public.

Up to 85 per cent of all cardiac arrests occur in public settings or homes. Less than five per cent of victims who have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital survive. The early use of a defibrillator along with CPR before the arrival of emergency services can increase the individual's chance of survival by up to 75 per cent. This is critical, given that the survival rate decreases seven to 10 per cent with every passing minute.

At en-Gauge, we are big believers in the effectiveness and importance of AED's.  That is why we provide electronic monitoring of these critical life safety devices - to make sure they are where they are supposed to be and ready for action.  For more information on how en-Gauge can help you deploy and monitor your AED life safety program, contact us today.

Topics: AED, Automatic External Defibrillator, Electronic Monitoring