On February 7, the TLC was the fortunate recipient of 5 new Automatic External Defibrillator machines that will be housed in the facility as part of a government initiative to increase awareness and potentially save lives in places where communities gather. Our staff will be further trained on February 14 to use the machines in the event of a heart attack. As part of this initiative, we invite members of the Tri-Municipal Region to take part in the training programs: 6pm-9:30pm on February 14th, 24th and 25th. Join us to learn how you can save a life!
Where is the funding coming from?
“The Canadian government has committed $10 million in funding for a four-year initiative to place life-saving defibrillators in hockey arenas and community centres across Canada, including training Canadians how to use them in an emergency.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is partnering with the government to lead this exceptional initiative by coordinating the installation of 2,000 defibrillators across Canada and training 20,000 Canadians how to use these life-saving devices. “
Why the TLC?
Most cardiac arrests happen in homes or public spaces like hockey rinks and community centres. Performing CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) before EMS arrives can increase the chance of survival by 75 per cent.
Funding approval is based on number of ice surfaces in the facility and the age and availability of the current AEDs on site. TLC was approved for this funding because our facility has three ice surfaces, and our current AEDs are more than five years old. The goal of the Heart and Stroke Foundation is to place an AED within 25m of the ice surfaces to ensure the greatest chance of survival in case of an emergency.
Why should people take this training?
Simply put – to save a life!
Having the AEDs accessible for all users of the TLC can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a cardiac arrest. CPR alone offers a victim a 5% chance of survival, while an AED used in conjunction with CPR in the first three minutes of an arrest can mean a survival rate of 75% or greater. Being properly trained in CPR and AED is a meaningful way you can give back to the members of your community.
Who can/should take this training?
Learning CPR and becoming confident on how to use an AED are important life skills for anyone to possess. Not only do they look great on a resume, you could potentially save someone’s life.
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