Côte Saint-Luc now has nine life-saving defibrillators in use across city

Côte Saint-Luc, February 5, 2007 - The City of Côte Saint-Luc installed three new automatic external defibrillators (AED) in municipal buildings this week, which increases the number of life saving devices available across the city to nine.

The three automatic external defibrillators were installed at the Bernard Lang Civic Centre (which includes City Hall and the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library), the Samuel Moskovitch Arena and the Côte Saint-Luc Community Centre.

"Côte Saint-Luc has always been leader in public safety, whether it is our volunteer Emergency Medical Services program, our pesticide ban or our bicycle helmet bylaw,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. "Automatic external defibrillators are proven life-saving devices and may make the difference one day to someone in the first critical moments after cardiac arrest."

An automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device that diagnoses and treats cardiac arrest by re-establishing an effective heart rhythm. These devices are automated with recorded voice prompts to guide the user on how to apply it. Once the device is properly set up, it delivers the shock automatically without the user having to push a button. The device won’t shock someone with a normal heart rhythm, so they are not a danger to anyone.

In addition to the three permanent automated external defibrillators, there are also four units in use by Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and two units in use by Côte Saint-Luc Public Security.

Public Security constables received eight hours of CPR training, including use of the automated external defibrillators. They will use these devices only if Côte Saint-Luc EMS or Urgences-santé are not on the scene.

Dr. Mitch Shulman, a specialist in emergency medicine as well as being the Medical Director of the Côte Saint-Luc EMS, says out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest, caused by ventricular fibrillation, is an important cause of death in Canada.

“The most effective treatment available to victims of sudden cardiac arrest is early defibrillation,” Dr. Shulman said. “Medical studies have shown that targeted responders, such as police and security personnel, can learn to use an automated external defibrillator safely and effectively."

Côte Saint-Luc EMS has been equipped with defibrillators since 1993. In additional to the four defibrillators used by EMS, there are now AEDs positioned at the Samuel Moskovitch Arena, the Bernard Lang Civic Centre, the Côte Saint-Luc Municipal Pool. There are two AEDs in the Public Security vehicle fleet.
Later this month, two more automated external defibrillators will be installed in both volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) vehicles, bringing the city-wide total to 11. Volunteer patrollers are currently receiving additional medical training on the proper use of these devices.

“Côte Saint-Luc has set a goal to make Public Access Defibrillation part of the municipal scene in Côte Saint-Luc and CPR training more accessible to our residents,“ said Glenn J. Nashen, the Councillor responsible for public safety. “Expanding their use to our trained Public Security constables and vCOP patrollers and installing permanent ones in key municipal buildings will help us cover more area and provide help to residents who need it."

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For more information: Darryl Levine, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

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