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Overview

Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services currently oversees a region wide Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program. The PAD program has placed 436 automatic external defibrillators (AED's) within public facilities, schools and workplaces across the Region and provides CPR training to each site registered in the program.

The program also administers a preventative maintenance program and coordinates yearly checks on every unit to ensure they are ready in an emergency situation. This program is currently a shared responsibility with St. John's Ambulance, and has been since its inception through the Community Awareness and Response to Emergencies (CARE) Program.


Why is Public Access Defibrillation Important?

If an AED is immediately applied to a victim of cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation, the likelihood of survival is high.  Survival rates in cardiac rehabilitation programs that provide defibrillation within the first few minutes after a cardiac arrest are higher than 85%. With each passing minute from the time of the arrest, the probability of survival declines about 7% - 10%.1

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Early defibrillation is the most effective link in the Chain of Survival, but it is only one link in the Chain. An AED program should be part of a larger program to promote healthy lifestyle choices and support community initiatives to strengthen the other links in the chain.2


How do I place an AED in my facility?

Organizations interested in placing an AED in their facility should contact:

PAD Program Coordinator
Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services
120 Maple Grove Road
Cambridge, ON  N3H 4R6

Tel: 519-575-4400 ext. 8711

PADprogram@regionofwaterloo.ca 


References

Position Statement - Public Access to Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) - Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (2009)

Automated External Defibrillation - Who's Life Will YOU Need to Save? - Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

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