Vernon’s Schubert Centre has received a special addition that may save a life of a visitor.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) was donated by the Heart and Stroke Foundation to the centre as part of the B.C. Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) program.
“Through this program, we will donate hundreds of AEDs to public places across the province, such as the Schubert Centre and give bystanders the tools to help someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest,” said Deborah Rusch, PAD program manager with the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation and the B.C. Ambulance Service (BCAS) have partnered to implement the program.
BCAS paramedics provide on-site orientation and has also linked the AED registry with the ambulance dispatch system. This will allow a bystander who calls 911 to be directed by a BCAS dispatcher to the nearest AED. BCAS dispatchers can also assist bystanders to apply an AED during a medical emergency.
“We want as many people as possible to understand that early intervention gives sudden cardiac arrest patients their best shot at survival and that the ability to save someone’s life is in their hands,” said Nathan Suklz, a Vernon paramedic.
BCAS attends between 2,400 to 2,800 cardiac arrest calls each year.
For more information, on the PAD program, visit www.BCPADProgram.ca. To learn more about AEDs and sudden cardiac arrest, go to www.aedinyourhands.ca.