Hanover Curling Club Now Protected from Cardiac Emergencies

Ice technician at the Hanover Curling Club Chris Fleming (left) holds up the facility’s new defibrillator alongside senior league curlers Mary and Pat Mulhern. Photo courtesy of The Post, Canada.

The Hanover Curling Club in Hanover, Ontario has received a HeartSine® automated external defibrillator (AED) to protect its players and guests in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) emergency.

The device is courtesy of an AED grant program run by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the largest contributor of heart and stroke research in Canada after the federal government. HeartSine Authorized Distributor, Rescue 7, will provide the equipment and device training free of charge.

“Portable AEDs are wonderful little devices, safe and easy to use,” said John Collie, owner of Rescue 7. “A life can be saved by simply following simple instructions and applying a shock to the heart, if required.

In the event of SCA, time is critical, so the lifesaving device will be easily and quickly accessible to all curling players and guests. An American Heart Association study showed that for every minute defibrillation is delayed, the victim’s chance of survival decreases by seven to ten percent. After 10 minutes, typical SCA survival rates drop to zero. With ambulance response rates typically beyond the 10-minute target, the most likely lifesaving scenario remains in the hands of bystanders.

With 40,000 incidents of cardiac arrest occurring in Canada each year, most of which are unpredictable, it is important to have an AED on hand in the event of a SCA event.

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