-- The Foundation to place automated external defibrillators in arenas
across Canada --
SASKATOON, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation was
pleased to join Prime Minister Stephen Harper today as he announced
funding to place life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
in hockey arenas and community recreation centres across Canada.
In April 2011, the Government of Canada announced a $10 million dollar
plan for AED placement over four years. Today's announcement confirms
the government's commitment for funding that will allow the Foundation
to coordinate the installation and training of AEDs starting in Spring
"We applaud the government for its commitment to AEDs. It has been
proven countless times that AEDs and CPR save lives," says David
Sculthorpe, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada." Our goal
is for every Canadian to learn CPR and how to use an AED. Ensuring
that all public facilities have access to an AED would not be possible
without the support of governments and private donors."
AEDs 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 public. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can help
restore blood flow to someone suffering cardiac arrest for a short time
until advanced medical care arrives.
"Up to 40,000 cardiac arrests occur each year in Canada - that is about
one every 12 minutes," says Sculthorpe. "On average only five per cent
of people who experience a cardiac arrest survive. With increased
public access to AEDs and early access to CPR, the lives of thousands
of Canadians could be saved every year."
Most cardiac arrests occur in homes and public places, and many are
witnessed by a family member, co-worker or friend. Performing CPR and
using an AED before emergency medical services arrive can increase the
chance of survival by 75 per cent.
NHL hockey player Brett MacLean, 23, was revived by an AED last July
after he suffered a cardiac arrest at a pick-up hockey game. "The AED
saved my life, and it's important for people to be trained," said
MacLean. "You never know when you might need it; it could happen to
The Foundation, with partners, trains approximately 1.6 million people
every year in CPR and AED use. Although training is important AEDs are
still safe and easy to use by the general public.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke, reducing their impact through
the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of
healthy living and advocacy. Healthy lives free of heart disease and
stroke. Together we will make it happen. Heartandstroke.ca
This February, the Foundation is asking all Canadians to Make Health
Last by taking action today to give themselves, their friends and
families longer, healthier, fuller lives. Take the Heart&Stroke risk
assessment today at makehealthlast.ca.
Image with caption: "Heart and Stroke Foundation receives $10 million from Government of Canada to place life-saving AEDs in arenas across Canada (Dr. Doug Clement, Chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Prime Minister Stephen Harper) (CNW Group/HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130221_C7456_PHOTO_EN_23965.jpg
SOURCE: HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION
For further information:
Heart and Stroke Foundation