Manitoba Starts Distributing AEDs to Public Facilities

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)The Manitoba government has started delivering on its promise to provide 1,000 free defibrillators province-wide as part of an initiative through the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Health Minister Theresa Oswald on Monday unveiled the first public automated external defibrillator (AED) at Glenlawn Collegiate.

“We know the chance of survival is increased by almost 75 per cent when a heart defibrillator is used with cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It can really mean the difference between life and death,” Oswald said.

The province is spending $1.3 million on the devices to make it easier for non-profit and community-owned public facilities to acquire them. The devices will be placed in schools, hockey arenas, community centres, fitness clubs, curling rinks, golf courses, and airports.

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