Newly in­stalled AED goes right to work

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Coat­i­cook

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

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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