Public Defibrillators Installed Throughout Bannatyne Campus

May 16th, 2011 · No Comments · Advisory, Health, Medicine

Tomorrow, the University of Manitoba will launch its new Bannatyne campus public access defibrillation program, a model for other large organizations.

At the Bannatyne campus, twenty visible and publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have been installed, never more than one minute away from possible urgent need. Bannatyne campus AED locations include all public entrances, entry levels to major buildings, areas of high traffic flow and alternate floors of multi-storey buildings.

More than 900 cardiac arrests occur in Winnipeg annually. It can take Emergency Medical Services up to five minutes to arrive on site. A shock needs to be delivered as soon as possible for a person in cardiac arrest. The use of AEDs is one component in the “chain of survival” during a cardiac arrest and dramatically increases chance of survival. The goal of Public Access Defibrillation is for the average person to be able to provide a life-saving shock within three minutes.

Who:        Representatives from the University of Manitoba, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service
What:       Launch of new public access AED program, demonstrations, and opportunities to practice using an AED
When:      10:00 - 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Where:     Brodie Centre Atrium, Bannatyne Campus, 727 McDermot Avenue, University of Manitoba

EMS Week runs from May 15 to 21, 2011, and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is working with its partners to provide a variety of educational and entertaining activities throughout the week showcasing Emergency Medical Services.

For more information contact Ilana Simon, director of communications & marketing, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, at: 204-789-3427 or 204-295-6777, or email: simoni@cc.umanitoba.ca

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