B.C. family fights for availability of AEDs in public places

A Burnaby family is pushing for increasing availability of AEDs in public places. The family urges B.C. sports facilities and schools to embrace an easy-to-use automated external defibrillator (AED) that can help save lives in case of cardiac arrest.

AED availability

After Gianfranco Giammaria died 3 years ago at a Burnaby ice rink, his wife, friends and co-workers started a society in his name that as outfitted 33 Burnaby facilities, catholic schools and has its eye on installing the devices in Vancouver public buildings.

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Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are essential tools that significantly improves the chances of survival.

Giammaria’s wife Denise stated that there should be more defibrillators available. Giammaria was a catholic school principal in his mid-30s when he collapsed at an ice rink. According to his wife, the rink had a defibrillator that could have saved his life, but it was far away, locked in an office.

Denise urges the availability of defibrillators near rinks. More defibrillators were installed at the facility and that was just the start.

The defibrillators significantly increases the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest. A life of a person was recently saved at C.G. Brown Memorial Pool.

Easy access to AEDs

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are essential tools that significantly improves the chances of survival. If the device is readily available, it ensures a positive outcome during emergencies.

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LEARN MORE

Learn how to help by enrolling in a CPR and AED course and for more information, check out these sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defibrillation
https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/cpr-new-defibrilators#1
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiopulmonary_resuscitation

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