Newly installed AED goes right to work
Atthe same time that a press conference was going on in Stanstead, last Thursday, to announce an upcoming “Heroes in 30” event that aims to train three hundred people in thirty minutes in how to provide CPR with the help of an Automated External defibrillator (AED), two employees of the IGA, in Coaticook, were using their CPR training and a newly installed AED in a real life situation on an 87 year-old cardiac arrest victim.
“We installed the machine (AED) only a week ago. We have owned the store since 1986 and had never had a situation of cardiac arrest at the store, so I didn’t see the urgency of having an AED here at the store when I put it in – but that changed fast,” commented Dominic Arsenault, the owner of the store. Two employees of the store, store manager Pauline Comtois-Larochelle and fish department manager Alain St-Onge, along with a nurse who was shop- ping at the time, Manon Grenier, were able to revive an 87 year-old man using the simple to use machine.
“The machine surprised me at first because it was different than the one that I trained on, but in the end it was easier to use. The machine tells you everything so you just have to stay calm and listen to the machine,” said Ms. Comtois-Larochelle who took her training about one and a half years ago. “Yes, the machine was simple to use,” agreed Mr. St-Onge. As Ms. Comtois-Larochelle used the machine on the patient, her colleague was on the phone with the 911 operator explaining what was going on and getting further assistance.
“I think all the big shopping centres and stores should have a machine like that installed,” said the store manager. “And places where people practice sports,” added Mr. St. Onge.
“We now have five employees who have received the CPR training,” concluded Mr. Arsenault. The store will be training more employees soon.
The cost of the $1,500 machine was covered jointly by the store and the town of Coaticook which is presently placing AEDs in different locations on its territory
TheStanstead Women’s Breakfast group, which meets on the third Thursday each month at the Coop d’Habitation on Colby-Curtis Street, will have its next breakfast get-together on April 18th. This free breakfast club is for women of all ages who just want to spend time with other women and discuss different topics, in French and English, related to the lives of women in a confidential setting. Past topics include the impoverishment of women and equality of the sexes, however, animators Veronique Latulippe and Chantal Pinard are always open to new themes brought up by the participants.
If you would like to attend the breakfast group, which takes place between 9:00 am and 11:00 am, you must call and register your name at 819 868-0302 (leave a message if it’s after hours) by the evening before the breakfast so that Veronique and Chantal can pick up enough food for everyone!will join their monthly breakfast club, in Stanstead.
Veronique Latulippe (left) and Chantal Pinard hope that more women
Coaticook IGA employees Pauline Comtois-Larochelle and Alain St-Onge used a recently installed Automated External Defibrillator to revive one of their customers last Thursday.