AED unit essential emergency item
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.