Toronto Star reporter, Laura Kane, recently published an article about the most frequently-occurring cardiac arrest hot spots in Toronto. The data was compiled by researchers at the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital and they found that only 1 in 4 cardiac arrest victims have a public-access defibrillator within 100 metres from the site of the emergency. It takes the average person approximately 1 minute and 30 seconds to retrieve a defibrillator that’s 100 metres away and this is the benchmark we want to aim for. Every second counts.
I encourage you to read this interesting article and the key takeaway is to have a look around your community to find defibrillators located near you. Look for these types of symbols on either the door or in the lobby of a given building to indicate a defibrillator is available.
Be calm, be confident and think common sense!
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