Another case this week where quick action and having a defibrillator nearby has helped save someone’s life. Ottawa Paramedics responded to call for a sudden arrest at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata shortly before 8pm Wednesday evening. The 44 year old male had collapsed on the ice while playing hockey. Bystanders quickly began CPR and delivered a shock to the man, who regained consciousness and was alert and speaking to paramedics after his defibrillation. Paramedics say the quick action and easy access to a defibrillator dramatically increases survival rates in the event of cardiac arrest.
The Ottawa Paramedic Services oversees more than 750 Automated External Devibillators (AED’s) within the City of Ottawa, including all police and fire vehicles, most recreational facilities, community centres and libraries. (news release)