Monday, November 24, 2014

TEAMMATES & AED SAVE PLAYERS LIFE


Internet screen-grab of Automated External Defibrillator


On Thursday, November 20th during a Nanaimo Oldtimers hockey league game a 34 year old player went into cardiac arrest on the players bench. 

Teammate Clayton Wilcox and Darren Chadwick, a goal tender for opposing team responded immediately. After assessing the condition and finding no pulse Darren started CPR and Clayton retrieved the on site Automated External Defibrillator. 911 was called and Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded immediately. The player was conscious when transported to NRGH.

Early reports indicate that the player is doing well and will recover without any permanent damage.

First AED installed in 2008
Third time used to save a life

AED's (Automated External Defibrillator) have been installed in many public facilities in Nanaimo since 2008. The incident on Thursday marks the third time the devices and quick action are credited with saving a life.

At Nanaimo Ice Centre in 2009 and at Cliff McNabb Arena in 2010 the devices were pressed into service by members of the public in attendance and successfully saved lives.

"Early CPR and the right equipment on hand is super important.  With these two things people will survive.  I have experience but you don't need it if you have the right equipment. The AED made a difference, every little bit just makes it easier."  Darren Chadwick Goal tender, paramedic Member of the Community.

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