Visitors to Innisfil Beach Park now have 24/7 access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for use in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.
In Canada, approximately 40,000 people suffer out of hospital cardiac arrests every year; the majority happening at home or in a public place. Only 10 per cent of people survive, but studies show the immediate use of an AED combined with CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) can increase the likelihood of survival by 75 per cent.
“We know how many people in the community use this park, and we want to do our part to ensure they are safe while enjoying everything Innisfil has to offer,” said SaveStation co-sponsor, Peggy Hill, of The Peggy Hill Team.
Nick L’Ecuyer, another co-Sponsor and Principal Broker at Mortgage Wellness, sees the SaveStation project as an opportunity to have its community roots grow even deeper.
The technology has been around Europe for more than 12 years. Action First Aid has been working hard to bring it to North America.
AEDs are safe for anyone to use, and placing them in an accessible outdoor public space can help save lives from sudden cardiac arrest.
To ensure everyone feels confident to step in and take action, there is a QR code on the SaveStation that links to a step-by-step instructional video providing a quick overview about how to use the AED.
The AED is equipped with a device that provides 24/7 monitoring, GPS tracking and hands-free 2-way communication with emergency services.
Anyone can sponsor a SaveStation or start a crowdfunding campaign to place outdoor SaveStations in high traffic areas and residential neighbourhoods throughout the town.
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