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Cardiac arrest survivor installs AED outside house

A survivor of cardiac arrest installs AED outside house for public use. For Chris Troughton, he believes that defibrillators save lives.

Neighborhood access to an AED

Troughton was thinking about getting an automated external defibrillator (AED) for his own home, but he later got an idea to share the AED with the entire neighborhood by placing it in a weatherproof cabinet in front of his house.

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The AED can diagnose if the victim is experiencing heart arrythmia.

Troughton stated that it makes sense since it is available to more people. He introduced the AED to his neighbors on Carronbridge Circle in Kanata. Ottawa South Coun. Allan Hubley was one of his guests.

Dangers of cardiac arrest

A sudden cardiac arrest occurs every 13 minutes on average according to Carly Jackson, a defibrillator specialist with Action First Aid. However, the survival rate is more than 75% when an automated external defibrillator (AED) The man who was given CPR at the Canmore Lake incident was identified. is employed within the first 10 minutes.

The public-access AEDs have become increasingly popular in public places, but there are still more than 40,000 deaths from sudden cardiac arrest in Canada yearly, mostly in homes.

Using the device is simple, even for someone who has never used one before. The unit has an audio recording that instructs the user what to do in clear language and first guides the user to call 911 and deliver the chest compressions. The AED can diagnose if the victim is experiencing heart arrhythmias. If so, the unit delivers an electrical shock to restore effective heart rhythm. In case there is no arrhythmia, there is no shock.

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