Bystanders help save man who suffered heart attack at Bell Sensplex

Paramedics responded to a call for sudden cardiac arrest that occurred on the ice at the Bell Sensplex on Maplegrove Road in Kanata last night.

The Ottawa Paramedic Service Communications Centre received the call at 7:44 PM on Wednesday night

Quick actions by bystanders and staff at the arena, who initiated all the key elements in the chain of survival, which includes early notification of 911, early bystander CPR, early public access defibrillation and advanced paramedic care are shown to dramatically increase survival in cases of sudden cardiac arrest

The 44 year-old male collapsed on the ice surface while playing hockey, bystanders started CPR and delivered a shock to the man who regained consciousness and was alert and speaking to paramedics following his defibrillation, without bystanders jumping into action, this man may not have survived.

The Ottawa Paramedic Service oversees more than 750 Automated External Defibrillators located within the City of Ottawa, which includes all police and fire vehicles, most recreational facilities, community centres and libraries

Paramedics would like to encourage businesses and organizations to purchase an AED for benefit of staff and their customers, please register your AED with the Ottawa Paramedic Service. In this way, The Paramedic Dispatch center can direct caller/bystanders to an accessible AED when a cardiac arrest occurs.


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