Thanks to a partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, branches throughout the Okanagan Regional Library system are participating in the B.C. Public Access to Defibrillation program.
AEDs have been installed at all ORL branches except Cherryville, Oyama, Silver Creek, Hedley, Lumby, Mission, Osoyoos and Revelstoke.
“These branches aren’t participating because a device already exists close by the location or they aren’t open often enough to be publicly accessible,” said Marla O’Brien, with ORL.
“Staff at locations with an AED have been trained by paramedics from B.C. Emergency Health Services in the use and support of the device.”
Nationally, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has been working with partners to install the life-saving devices in hundreds of publicly accessible locations, including arenas, community centres, senior centres, and libraries.
“The library is a natural partner for the B.C. PAD program,” said Shelley Parker, with the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
“As a community gathering place, libraries are host to a wide range of people of all ages. Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, anytime, at any place.”