AED unit es­sen­tial emer­gency item

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The Drumheller Ro­tary CALUB ha s made t he c on­scious de­ci­sion t o sup­ply a s econd AED (A uto­mated E xter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tor) unit t o the Bad­lands Comm unity F acil­ity (BCF).

This w as de cided af ter notic­ing t he inc reas­ing us­age of both g ym memb er­ships and events held in the build­ing.

“They do ha ve an AE D down­stairs but if s ome­body is t here ha ving a f unc­tion or party or you ha ve t he weig ht room and st uff up stairs t oo, those sec­onds are crit­i­cal.

When some­body has a heart at­tack and you ne ed to get an AED on them so the tim­ing is of the utmo st [im­por­tance], ” said K en Br iault, Dr umheller Ro­tary Di­rec­tor.

An AED is an ap­pa­ra­tus that is used to con­trol heart fib­ril­la­tion through elec­tric shocks to t he che st ar ea. This sho ck at­tempts to re­store the nat­u­ral rhythm of t he heart. The unit is ty pi­cally us ed when s ome­one un­der goes a c ar­diac ar - rest.

“You ne ed t o ha ve s ome­thing quite vis­i­ble so you don’t have s ome­body or if s ome­thing hap­pens up there – they have to run down­stairs, try and find the AED, and t hen br ing it up stairs and of c ourse t he run down and the run back up takes time,” said Bri­ault. “That first minute is very crit­i­cal.”

In the case of an emer­gency, the best thing to do is call 911.

A car­diac ar­rest can be seen by w it­ness­ing s ymp­toms of loss of c on­scious­ness, f atigue or f aint­ing, bl ack­outs, che st pain, pal­pi­ta­tions or vom­it­ing, and we ak­ness. Sud­den c ar­diac ar­rest can ap­pear with no symp­toms. In t he D own­town c ore, A ED units can be found on the first floor of t he T own of Dr umheller offic e. AE D’s c an al so be found at the Aquaplex and Drumheller Me­mo­rial Arena.

For the Green­tree area, one can b e f ound a t t he Gr een­tree S chool and a t t he Pub­lic Works s ec­tor of t he Town of Drumheller. The Co-op al so has two unit s on sit e; one in the Gr een­tree Mall lo cated just b efore t he men ’s w ash­room, and one in t he H ome and Agro Cen­tre.

Gro­cery st ores like F re­son Bros. and Ex­tra Foods are also car­ri­ers of t he lif e sa ving de­vice. In E xtra Foods, the AED can b e found right b efore the main e xit. F re­son Br os. ha s their AED unit in the cus­tomer ser­vice area which is t o the im­me­di­ate left of the en­trance doors. Fol­low­ing the North Di­nosaur Trail, also known a s High­way 838, we st out of t own, t he Royal T yrrell M useum ha s two units in st ock. One is f or gen­eral pub­lic us e a s it is lo­cated in t he main lobby and the other is sit­u­ated in the staff lounge.

The Di­nosaur Trail Golf and Coun­try c lub p os­sesses an AED unit lo cated in t he c lub house. This golf c ourse can be reached within a f ew min­utes of the world fa­mous mu­seum. An AED unit lo­cated on the main floor of the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity (BCF). AED units can be found at most pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties and some pri­vately owned busi­nesses within Drumheller.

All s chools in t he ar ea ar e man­dated to carry an A ED in the build­ing. This in­clude s St. An­thony’s S chool, St . L uke’s Out­reach, Gr een­tree El­e­men­tary S chool, and Dr umheller V al­ley S econdary S chool (DVSS).

A ma p and list of c ur­rent units in t he pr ovince c an b e found on t he Alb erta H ealth Ser­vices web­site un­der PAD - Site & AED Lo­ca­tions.

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