The Columbia Shuswap Regional District will be receiving at least one Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Finz Resort Inc. has been identified as a priority location. To help save lives, the Heart and Stroke Foundation is placing AEDs in municipal venues like recreation centres, pools and arenas across the province where there is an increased risk of someone suffering a cardiac arrest.
Through its Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) program, the foundation is donating one or more AEDs to every municipality, depending on population size. Chief administrative officers of all municipalities have been surveyed and they have identified many venues that might receive an AED.
AEDs are reported to be safe and easy to use so that anyone can help a victim suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. The foundation has partnered with BC Ambulance Service paramedics and other emergency medical service providers to conduct orientation sessions at each venue.
The session is free for up to six people and will be offered to people including: venue staff, coaches and volunteers who are regularly on site. The session will last less than four hours and will require a space where people can practice using AEDs and performing CPR. The session also requires a projector and screen or a TV and DVD player.
The foundation is placing up to 25 AEDs across the province each month. To ensure a coordinated approach to shipping, placing the AEDs and conducting orientation sessions, the foundation has defined a 12-day “placement window” in each month.
January 2017 is the recommended replacement window for the Shuswap.
To learn more about the PAD Program, visit: www.BCPADProgram.ca.