Dr. Marco Dibuono, Director of Research for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, joined Steven and Chris today to demonstrate an automatic external defibrillator (AED). Knowing how to use this powerful unit could save a life! In fact, 40,000 Canadians experience cardiac arrest each year; having a defibrillator in a public space increases the survival rate by 70 percent! How does it work?
The AED is capable of reading a person's heart rhythm and can tell immediately if someone's heart has stopped beating. When the machine detects the need, it will provide an electric shock to the heart.Can I accidentally hurt someone by administering an AED?
The AED uses extremely intuitive technology that decides if and when a shock is necessary. The unit reads instructions out loud and will not administer a shock unless it is certain that one is required. The device is so reliable that many regions have removed any civil liability for citizens who administer it.Where can you find them?
Many public spaces are now equipped with AEDs, including community centres, shopping malls, gyms, swimming pools, airports and schools. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is working to make these units as accessible as possible.Should I have one in my home?
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