With the help of a defibrillator and timely delivery of CPR, a life was saved while waiting for the ambulance.
The rapid thinking and
availability of a public defibrillator are given credit for saving the life of
a man at Nipigon Ont.
A man who just
finished a workout routine on a treadmill was sitting down at the Nipigon Community
Centre. In a short while, he collapsed from his seat. One of the patrons rushed
to get the Recreation Director Celeste Mannila and she called 911. Another
patron obtained the nearby defibrillator and looked to Mannila to use it.
She placed the pads on
the man and used the device. The defibrillator delivered a shock. After that, she
and the operator of the facility performed CPR until the man was breathing
Upon the arrival of
the paramedics, the man was transported to a healthcare facility in Nipigon. He
was later transferred to the Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay.
Counting down to seconds and
According to Wayne
Gates, acting chief of Superior North EMS, incidents similar to this simply
shows the importance of emergency preparedness. Although paramedics can
effectively handle scenarios upon reaching the scene, but cases of sudden
cardiac arrests takes seconds to minutes.
There is no law
requiring the availability of defibrillators but the device has been installed
in various public areas include arenas and community centers. The devices are
used around once or twice in a year and proven to save lives.
With bystanders who
can perform CPR and access to a defibrillator, they can make a big difference
in such cases. This also stresses the importance of taking a first aid and CPR
course. It is a worthy investment that you will surely need in the future since
you never know when accidents or medical emergencies will occur.
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