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For Immediate Release:
November 12, 2015
 
 

Peel Paramedics Launch Lifesaving PAD Program at Peel Regional Council

BRAMPTON, ON (Nov. 12, 2015) – Peel Regional Council learned how to perform hands-only CPR and observed how easy it was for Councillor Pat Saito to use an automated electronic defibrillator (AED) for the first time as part of today’s official launch of the Region’s Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program.

The regional PAD program will place up to 80 new AEDs in regional facilities, enhancing access to lifesaving AED devices in public places, where one in five cardiac arrests occur. The program will improve public access to AEDs similar to water rescue devices in community swimming pools and fire extinguishers in homes and businesses.

Peel’s program involves developing a registry of all AEDs across the Region, encompassing the location of AEDs in public and private programs. This will enable 9-1-1 operators to guide bystanders who are first responders in emergency situations. The program also asks residents to ‘Be the one, act to save a life’ by giving CPR and using an AED if needed. It’s simple so anyone can help save a life.

“Having more AEDs available throughout Peel and more residents who are willing to perform CPR when an event happens, enhances the health of our community by creating the possibility of better outcomes for those suffering a cardiac arrest,” said Peter Dundas, Chief of Peel Regional Paramedic Services.

Peel Paramedics respond to more than 1,100 cardiac arrests each year and the chance for survival depends on the time it takes for individuals to receive CPR and have an AED applied. With each passing minute after a cardiac arrest, the probability of survival declines by 7%. More access to AEDs at regional facilities builds upon programs already in place in the local municipalities and among Peel businesses.

For more information about the Peel Regional Paramedics Services PAD Program, call 905-791-7800, ext. 3101.

Peel Paramedics respond to more than 100,000 emergency medical calls every year. For more information about Peel Regional Paramedic Services, visit peelems.ca or follow them at twitter.com/peel_paramedics.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon For more information, call the Region of Peel at 905-799-7700 or visit peelregion.ca/health.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:


Joan Endersby
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4655

Paul Snobelen
Community Safety Programs Specialist
Peel Regional Paramedic Services
905-791-7800, ext. 3101

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail


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