The life of Melissa Dunlay was saved with an AED after suffering a heart attack. She went to her dentist appointment at River Valley Dental Clinic in Saint John with her daughter. It was snowing that day, so she made her husband drive.
Upon arrival at the dentist’s office, she collapsed on the floor. She was suffering a heart attack. The staff utilized the office’s automated external defibrillator (AED) on Dunlay and waited for the arrival of the paramedics.
Dunlay stated that she is thankful that there was a defibrillator available. She also thanked the staff for their rapid response to the emergency. She had to be shocked up to 8 times.
Timely use of an AED
Using a defibrillator can significantly increase the chances of survival by up to 75%. The rapid response by bystanders can also make a big difference in the overall outcome.
For more information about this story, click here.
Learn how to help by enrolling in a CPR and AED training course and for more information, check out these sources: