EMS push defibrillator owners to save lives

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Kyle Sereda, Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) coordinator with the Moose Jaw and District EMS told the Times-Herald that it’s important for owners of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to register their life saving instruments.

EMS practice using an Automated External Defibrillator.

“In a cardiac arrest time (an AED) is the largest factor in outcomes,” said Sereda. “Having a deliberator at the side of a patient that has experienced a cardiac arrest has proven over and over again to make a significant difference in survival rates.”

Owners who register an AED in the National PAD registry will be connected to an emergency service network. For example, if a 911 call is received in the vicinity of a registered AED, the dispatcher will be able to tell the caller if a defibrillator is in the area.

Sereda told a story of a life that was saved this year at the Moose Jaw Curling Centre because of the access to a public AED.

“That patient is living today and survived because they were defibrillated before an ambulance got there. The time that a defibrillator can get to a patient in an office building will often beat the ambulance there,” he said.

The second important reason to register an AED is to insure that the maintenance is kept up on the life saving devices so it will be ready for use at a moments notice.

“It’s technology that needs to be maintained. There are pads and batteries that will expire on them,” said Sereda. “So, if you continue to keep them maintained, because they have a shelf-life of usually 3-5 years — they can sit on a shelf without being used.”

Sereda said AED’s are easy to use for the public because the defibrillator prompts the user on what to do.

“The machine is much like a fire extinguisher. It’s becoming more readily available in the public and we are starting to see it as often as a fire extinguisher,” he said. “As long as you know that it’s an AED and it defibrillates someone who is unconscious, that is all you really need to be aware of.”

In the last year two patients have been revived successfully due to the use of AED’s in Moose Jaw.

“For a city of 35,000 plus, that is great,” said Sereda. “They are a large component to the survival of a patient because time from a person collapsing to a person being resuscitated or defibrillated is very dependant on survival rates.”

Sereda said an AED used within the first three minutes of a chardiac arrest can increase survival rates over 60 per cent.

To register your AED contact Sereda at 306-694-2151.

Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Curling Centre

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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