TORONTO, July 5, 2012 /CNW/ - On Monday, July 2 a save of a different
kind was made at the Owen Sound Recreation Centre.
Phoenix Coyotes forward Brett MacLean was playing a game of pick-up
hockey when he suddenly collapsed. Bystanders Jay Forsland, Jason
Gallager and Jason Silverthorn immediately called 9-1-1, started
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and retrieved the Automated
External Defibrillator (AED) that was on site.
When paramedics arrived on the scene they took over care of the
23-year-old hockey player and continued CPR and defibrillation until a
pulse was regained. Paramedics delivered care and treatment enroute to
the hospital. The patient is currently recovering in hospital.
The placement of the AED at the Owen Sound Recreation Centre and
training of staff was made possible through a generous donation by Mr.
Richard Rooney, as well as the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Restart a
Heart, a Life Program™, the Chase McEachern Tribute Fund and the County
of Grey Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program.
Thanks to our partners the Heart and Stroke Foundation has deployed over
3,000 AED units in communities across the province saving 39 lives to
"This life saved is a testament to what happens when community members
learn CPR and use an AED when it is within reach," says Andrew Lotto,
Manager, Resuscitation Programs, Heart and Stroke Foundation. "With
continued support of the public, community groups and funding partners
one day AEDs will be as commonplace as fire extinguishers in Ontario,
to save lives."
When a person is in cardiac arrest, seconds count. When CPR is combined
with the use of an AED in those early minutes, an individual's chance
of surviving a cardiac arrest increases to up to 75%. Without CPR and
defibrillation, fewer than five per cent of people who have a cardiac
arrest outside of a hospital survive. "The statistics tell a compelling
story," added Lotto. "CPR and AEDs absolutely save lives, and Ontarians
can help us to save more lives by using these simple and effective
tools to combat cardiac arrest."
Grey County EMS Quality Assurance Manager, Wendy Bieman said that "the
quick actions of bystanders and the use of an AED resulted in this
Grey County EMS has installed 67 AEDs throughout Grey County with
another 37 to be put in later this summer. The Grey County EMS PAD
Program has been in place for five years and this is the second time an
AED has been used by community members in the county to save a life.
The new CPR guidelines stress early recognition, urging people to call
9-1-1 or their local emergency number if they ever find someone
collapsed and unresponsive, and not to delay by 'looking, listening
and feeling' for breathing or pulse. They also recommend that instead
of trying to remember how many compressions and how many breaths,
bystanders doing CPR simply "push hard and push fast" on the centre of
The Foundation recommends that all Canadians learn the life-saving
skills of CPR and review this knowledge often. Learning and reviewing
CPR skills has been made much easier with an at-home video kit, the
Heart and Stroke CPR AnytimeTM for Family and FriendsTM. The kit teaches the basic skills of CPR in as little as 22 minutes.
Visit http://www.cpranytime.ca to order yours today!
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact
through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion
of healthy living, and advocacy. (heartandstroke.ca)
SOURCE Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
For further information:
Communications Specialist, Resuscitation Programs
Heart and Stroke Foundation
416-489-7111 ext. 736