The Sunrise Health Region now has a community based program aimed at providing on site protection and public awareness in case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. This Program is the Public Access Defibrillator Program.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when there is an electrical problem within the heart, causing the heart to stop beating. SCA is unpredictable, and can occur within any age group, anywhere and at anytime. It is fatal unless treated quickly. The only effective treatment is early defibrillation (administration of a shock). The machines responsible for administering a shock are called defibrillators.
Traditionally, defibrillators were only seen in hospital settings and on ambulances. But today, technology has made them more available, and able to be used by individuals with minimal training, similar to CPR. In fact, many CPR courses now automatically include at least an introduction to Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). AEDs are anticipated to become as common as fire extinguishers in public places!
The Sunrise Health Region's Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program has a goal to put AEDs in public locations with a high risk of sudden cardiac arrest, which would improve the patient's chance of survival.
The Sunrise Health Region PAD Program can save lives by placing AEDs where people gather and work within our health region, and by raising public awareness about AEDs.
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Becoming a PAD Site
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Automatic External Defibrillators
Chain of survival